Second 13-year-old girl flashed in the span of 2 days

A 13-year-old girl walking in Long Beach was flashed Thursday morning, less than 48 hours after police started investigating a similar crime in a neighborhood a few miles away.

The girl was near 68th Street and Orange Avenue in North Long Beach around 9:20 a.m. when a man in a car called her over and exposed himself to her, police said.

The girl ran away, and someone called police to report what happened, according to the department.

Two days earlier, a different 13-year-old girl was walking home in Long Beach’s Lakewood Village neighborhood when a driver asked her for directions and then exposed himself while while saying something explicit, according to the girl’s mother.

That case of indecent exposure happened a couple of blocks south of Pan American Park around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the mother said.

Police said they don’t know if the two incidents are related, but they’re still looking for the perpetrator in both cases.

In Tuesday’s crime, the suspect drove an older two-door white sedan with black rims, police said. He was described as a white man between 19 and 25 years old with a medium build and dark brown hair in a buzzcut. He was last seen wearing a navy-blue T-shirt and gray pants.

In Thursday’s case, the man drove a newer two-door car. He was described as white or Hispanic between 20 and 30 years old with longer brown hair on the top of his head, shorter hair on the sides of his head and a neatly trimmed beard. He was reportedly wearing a dark T-shirt.

Police asked anyone with information about either crime to contact sex crimes investigators at 562-570-7368.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.