Police still looking for man who approached children at bus stops, exposed himself

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Metro Police on Indy’s northwest side are on the look out for a man who has repeatedly committed vulgar acts in front of children at the school bus stop.

One of the victims helped police put together a sketch. That girl’s father is confident someone will recognize the suspect from the sketch.

The incident with Chris Lerma’s daughter happened as she waited for the school bus a block away from home. The 14-year-old catches the bus at 33rd Place and MacArthur Lane on Indy’s northwest side.

The father shared the scary experience by phone.

“This guy came up to her and asked her if she knew where the nearest store was and she said no," said Lerma.

The man pretended he needed help finding a store in the Pike Plaza and Lafayette Road strip mall. After being told "No" by the girl, he approached her again and exposed himself.

"The guy pulled up again and he opened the passenger window and asked her again and then my little girl noticed he was doing, you know. Then he said get in the car and do it for him," said Lerma.

The teenage victim believes he drove a dark colored Jeep Liberty SUV or similar vehicle.

When the incident occurred, Chris' daughter ran to a neighbor’s home.

The family called 911 and waited for officers to arrive. Police checked the area for the vehicle but did not locate any suspects.

The girl met with a police sketch artist and described the suspect. He's in his late 30s, about 5'3" to 5'5", 140 pounds and has a mole on the left above his upper lip.

“My little girl says that the sketch looks 90 percent of what he looks like so there is big chance someone is going to recognize him,” said Lerma.

IMPD Northwest District Commander Lorenzo Lewis has already made finding the suspect a priority. Detectives are sharing the information and the sketch with patrol officers driving around in the community.

Since the same man is suspected in two other cases, Lerma wants people to watch out for him.

Lerma shared with Eyewitness News that his neighborhood does have crime watch meetings, which he plans to start attending.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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