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Flasher exposing himself at Thomasville park

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Walkers and joggers at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville have more on their minds now than just exercise. Police are warning of a flasher who recently exposed himself to women on the popular walking trail.

"I'm really concerned. I bring my kids here," said jogger Lovpreka Stephenson. 

Beautiful weather meant a packed park Tuesday afternoon. Some people there were just learning the news that flasher had been spotted in the park.

 "First time I've ever heard about it. It's terrible," said Carmen Ahmad.

More shocking to Ahmad and others is the fact the crime took place in broad daylight. Police say it happened along the trail, under a railroad bridge. The two women who saw the flasher went directly to the police.

"The description we received from the people who made the complaint is a slender black male, with a black jacket wearing a Band-Aid on his face," say Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police.

"You don't want to think about things like that especially with kids around," said Haley Hartsfield. The expectant mother has been coming to the park to get exercise before he baby is born.

"Somebody doing that in broad daylight, it's kind of scary," she said.

Police say this isn't the first time they've received a report of someone exposing themselves to people at the park. Last year another incident occurred but it's unclear if it's the same person because witnesses gave them varying descriptions. 

TPD is being proactive though by patrolling the park which located just a sort distance from the police department.

"Cherokee Lake is a safe place to walk. We do have a lot of police patrol in the area. Our bike team concentrates in that area and all the officers who work that zone," said Lt. Hampton.

They ask anyone who sees suspicious activity to call 911.


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