By Wyatt Earp | January 1, 2009
This is serious stuff kids, and for the women in particular. No snark, no comedy.
Please read this article is you live in the Bucks County area.
A man wearing only a ski mask approached a girl on Winding Road in Springfield.
Springfield police reported that a man wearing only a ski mask approached a teenage girl as she was walking along Winding Road, east of Mink Road.
The girl told police that she had separated from a group of pedestrians when a silver Kia Sorrento SUV drove past her and then stopped a short distance ahead. She said the driver, who was completely naked except for the black ski mask, got out of the vehicle and stood there for about 15 seconds. He then got back into the SUV and drove east on Winding Road.
The girl told police the man was white, in his teens or early 20s, with a muscular build.
Police Chief Mark Laudenslager said his department would look into whether the indecent exposure in Springfield is related to a rash of similar incidents that occurred in Bucks County last month. In two of the incidents, the suspect was driving a gray or silver SUV.
This piece of detritus is described as a white male, between 20-30 years old. He has short hair and a muscular build with visible tan lines. Witnesses say he was driving a silver KIA Sorrento SUV:
Apparently, the man is approaching women walking or jogging in the Bucks County area, so this would be a good time for a refresher course in personal safety.
1. Pay attention to your surroundings. If you’re walking, jogging, or cycling, by all means keep your eyes open and stay alert!
2. Turn off your iPod (or at least turn it down). If you can’t hear traffic, you can’t hear a predator coming up on you. If you must listen to music while you work out, do it at a very low volume. This is not just to protect against predators, but to protect yourself against traffic, dogs, and other outdoor safety hazards.
3. Always bring your cellphone! If someone approaches you, don’t hesitate. Dial 9-1-1 and get to an open, public area. If the person follows you, make as much noise as possible. Drawing attention to yourself at a time like this may save your life.
4. Finally, pay attention to suspicious persons and vehicles. If you see a silver KIA Sorrento, try and get the tag - or at least a partial tag. Believe me, it will help a lot - sometimes even more than a description. If you get the tag, keep repeating it over and over, or send yourself a text message with the tag info.
And obviously, if you see this tool, or someone fitting his description, call 9-1-1 immediately. (H/T - Local reader Jeffrey)
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