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VSU flasher still at large

 Public indecency has returned to VSU and several locations off campus as a persistent flasher, believed to be the same man who exposed himself at the Fine Arts building last month, continues to be a problem in Valdosta.
 The VSU Police Department reports that there have been four incidents on campus, five if you include Drexel Park, of a black male revealing himself to the public. Out of those incidents, three of them occurred on Monday during daylight hours in three different locations on and around campus. His first appearance on Monday was at Drexel Park around noon, where he flashed several students who were passing by the park. He struck again later that day at West Hall and the College of Education building, both incidents were said to have occurred around 5 p.m.
 Before Monday, the flasher had not been reported on school grounds since he exposed himself in front of a student at 1 a.m around West Hall on Oct. 14, a day after the original incident at the Fine Arts building. However, reports show that the flasher has also been seen bearing throughout Valdosta, which included one incident in front of CiCi’s Pizza off Norman Dr.
 According to the VSU Police Website, the flasher is described as a medium build black male who appears to be in his twenties. He has large eyes, dark complexion, and wears his hair short and close to his head, possibly shaven. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants/long baggy shorts.
 “We are concerned with student safety,” said Major Ann Farmer, the Assistant Director of the VSU Police Department. “Students need to be aware of their surroundings. If you see someone suspicious, don’t hesitate to call us.”
 Major Farmer mentioned that, during one of the College of Education incidents, the flasher was not reported until two hours after he had exposed himself at the scene. This delayed response time might be the sole reason why the flasher has yet to be caught.
 During an interview, VSU President Dr. Patrick J. Schloss advised students to keep themselves safe on campus, but not allow crime to go unreported.
 “Move in the opposite direction, don’t engage him, make sure you’re safe,” said Schloss. “But while you’re doing that, dial our campus police and they’ll be right over.”
 The VSU Police Department would like to remind all students to use the buddy system and that the department offers a walking escort service for all students, faculty, and staff of VSU. An escort can be requested by calling 229-333-7816 or through the use of one of the free-standing emergency phones on campus.

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