Andrea Ruse

Man in car flashes woman then drives away

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A man in a pickup truck exposed himself to a lone woman walking near an elementary school last Friday, while a male passenger in his vehicle watched.

The two men pulled up to the victim, a nurse at Grand View Elementary School, at 10:30 a.m. on Grandview Ave. near 24th St.

The driver remained in the truck as he fondled himself in front of the woman, while the passenger smiled at her, according to Manhattan Beach Police Officer Stephanie Martin.

“It’s odd that there were two people in the car,” Martin said. “I can’t think of a time when that’s happened. It’s usually just a lone occupant.”

“It’s hard to tell if this is just two guys goofing around thinking this was funny,” said Carolyn Seaton, Executive Administrator of Educational Services. “It seems that usually to be the loners. It could have been a sick practical joke.”

The victim immediately fled to the school and called police.

“She had the presence of mind to get the last three digits from their license plate,” Seaton said.

Martin said that the victim was visibly upset and shaken, but unharmed. It appeared no children were present during the incident, according to police and school officials.

The investigation is ongoing. Police have no suspects.

“We’re concerned because two men could certainly take over a lone person if they come back around,” Seaton said. “We’ve got to work together as a community to find these guys and get them into custody.”

The driver is described by police as white, age 18 to 40 years old, 5-foot-10, 160 to 170 pounds, with long “salt-and-pepper” hair in a ponytail.

The passenger is described by police as white, age 18 to 40 years old, 5-foot-10, 150 to 160 pounds, unshaven with short, dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.

Both were last seen in a white, relatively new Toyota pickup truck, possibly a Tacoma, with a black rubber panel along its side, a black bed liner and a license plate number ending in “684.”

The driver of the vehicle is wanted by the MBPD on indecent exposure charges.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Det. Sgt. Brian Brown at (310) 802-5100. ER

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