YMCA flasher strikes again in south Charlotte
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CHARLOTTE -- The man dubbed the YMCA flasher is back, exposing himself to another woman in South Charlotte. The latest incident happened Wednesday night near the track at the Harris Y.
Although no one was physically hurt, police want to catch the guy before he does it again.
Joggers, walkers, and even summer camps are still using the track and field at the Harris YMCA after a man exposed himself for the second time. Many are now taking extra precautions.
"Being that we live so close we are definitely making sure when I go home I'm locking the door, keeping the garage doors closed,” said south Charlotte resident Meg Braddy. “We turn on our alarm system every night for sure but I might start turning it on in the day too."
Braddy and her twin sister Erin walk the area near the YMCA often with their children. They were unaware of the second incident.
"I was surprised to hear there was another one,” said Erin Phillips. “I thought maybe that would be an isolated case. It's terrifying it's happened yet again."
A police report said a woman was running the track around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a man exposed himself. She told an off-duty officer at the Y, but the man got away.
"I think a lot of times people think of people who expose themselves as being harmless and almost funny,” said YMCA spokeswoman Molly Thompson. “We're taking this very serious. This is not a joke."
Thompson said although the track is closed from dusk to dawn, they will add brighter lights to the track area. They also have extra officers working off duty.
The YMCA sent out a second email telling members about the most recent incident and reminding them of personal safety measures.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police describe the suspect as a white man in his thirties, average height, physically fit, wearing a dark hat to cover his face. If you are approached by this man, you are asked to call 911.