Woman says she was followed by flasher at Fashion Mall
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR Crimebeat reporter - bio | email
Security officers are on full alert at the Fashion Mall after a flashing incident this week in broad daylight.
It happened in the parking garage next to Saks Fifth Avenue Wednesday around 6 p.m.
Susan Calloway is always alert walking to her car. When she learned about a man exposing himself at Keystone at the Crossing, it gave her something to seriously think about when out and about shopping.
"Those are things that are always on your mind. Just watch other people, the proximity of other people," Calloway said.
The victim did what she could to stay safe before the incident and obviously had a gut feeling about the man. After pulling into a parking space on the first floor of the garage, she told police since he was acting strange she decided to relocate to another parking space.
When she got out of her car, the same man ran upon her, uttered something she could not understand and then exposed himself while continuing to approach her. The victim ran away and eventually called 911.
Fashion Mall visitor Debbie Hyde is in the area everyday because of employment. Rarely does she hear of this kind of thing happening.
"It kind of surprises me that it happened. It doesn't really happen in this area. We work around the corner here and I feel perfectly safe everyday in the area," Hyde said.
Police reports indicate that the suspect may have exposed himself to other women at the Fashion Mall around the same time.
The victims described her attacker as a male with a light complexion in his 20s, standing about 5'9"-5'11" with a shaggy beard, dark mid-length hair wearing a white shirt and a gray shirt with letters. She says he also had on light khaki shorts, white tennis shoes and a ball cap with the letter "P" on the front.
Staying safe is second nature for Keystone at the Crossing shopper Ally Hedrick. Every time she goes out, she thinks safety.
"That's just my background, so I am always looking, I tend to avoid parking garages, quite honestly, just because I think it invites trouble," Hedrick said.
Since Wednesday's flashing incident, mall security is even more obvious, with officers in and out of the garage on bicycles.
During visits to the Fashion Mall, Eyewitness News also noticed a visible security presence atop of the parking garage. But staying safe is not just a job for police and Hyde understands that, despite never being a victim.
"I watch out for me and my family because of the way society is today you have to be alert," she said.
Even though there are no reported incidents like Wednesday's so far, police want you to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you shop.
Anyone with information or clues about the suspect can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.