Police on the Lookout for W&OD Trail Flasher

by ARLnow.com March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm 6,099 34 Comments

Police searched a portion of the W&OD Trail near East Falls Church this morning after a woman reported that a man had jumped out of the bushes and flashed her.

The incident happened just after 11:00 this morning, on the trail in the area of Ohio Street, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. A woman told police that a white male, possibly in his mid-30s, jumped out of the bushes and exposed himself to her. The suspect then ran off, heading west on the trail, wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt.

Police searched the area around the trail but were unable to locate the man.

The incident is similar to a string of indecent exposure incidents in early 2010. A man exposed himself to women at least 11 times along the W&OD Trail between January and March 2010. The incidents stopped after police issued a press release warning women to be on the lookout for suspicious activity along the trail.

  • b-money

    How did he flash her if he was wearing jeans?

    • James in EFC

      Maybe he was wearing them….on his head.

    • Arlingtonian

      I assume he just pulled it out of his pants

      • awh hells bells

        Hanging out with his wang out.

  • John Fontain

    Possible new hire candidate for the Virginia Square Naked Pizza location?

  • Jennifer

    This is how sexual predators get started. What a creep, I hope they catch him.

    • WeiQiang

      I think he’s past “get started”.

    • Richard Cranium

      So flashing is a “gateway crime”? Who knew!

      • nom de guerre

        Paul Reubens AKA Pee-wee Herman

      • Jennifer

        I guess you have expertise on flashing and think it’s boys having fun with us silly girls and we shouldn’t be so “sensitive” to being sexually harassed.

        • Jen jen, you’re jumping to conclusions.

        • Mardi Gras

          C’mon down to New Orleans for reverse flashing. More boobies being flashed than you can shake your stick at.

          • geezer

            and they do

        • drax

          Come on, Jennifer.

          • zzzzz

            Come on, the rest of you. You’re sick if you think this is funny.

      • Chris

        I think it’s been well established that flashing tends to escalate into more significant sexual crime.

        • Arlingtonian

          Yes. Not to mention it’s gross and it would be nice to take a frickin’ jog without worrying about having to see some dude’s package.

  • Karen Bate

    Women running on the trail should carry their smart phones programmed to 911, and should try to get a picture of him. Then run the other way and call 911! And running with a buddy or group is safest.

    • Should the whole group run the other way too? That’d look like a school of fish.

      • D’oh

        What are you doing on this forum? You should be working on getting me that Lambo I just asked for. Arrrrrr. Ramen.

    • KalashniKEV

      Is this a joke?

      He might be looking for a girl who’s into taking pictures…

      Run in groups. Wear a reflector belt. Bring your phone. Carry mace or better yet, a firearm.

      • drax

        At least we know the flasher probably has no gun stuffed in his pants – because he has no pants.

        • KalashniKEV

          I heard he’s packing HEAT…

          • DERPHERP


      • CW

        Yeah, first time one of these sickos gets their thang blown right off, that’ll be the end of it!

  • Veteran Jogger

    Getting ‘surprised’ by flashers … or being grabbed from behind … as well as being struck fm behind by cyclists (even when they ring a bell or call out “On your left!”) … are just 3 reasons why folks on public trails & sidewalks should NEVER jog/run/walk WHILE USING EARPHONES – especially if they’re out alone &/or at nite!

    Even jogging on a public beach can get you KILLED BY AN AIRPLANE as per this incident 2 yrs ago in South Carolina!


    South Carolina: A 38-year-old pharmaceutical salesman has died after being hit from behind by a four-seater Lancair IV-P aircraft. The plane was making an emergency landing after running into difficulties at 13,000 feet.

    The plane was coming in silently having lost its engine and pilot Edward I. Smith had limited visibility due to oil on the windshield. Jogger Robert Gary Jones, (emphasis added) WHO WAS LISTENING TO MUSIC WITH EAR BUDS, NEVER HEARD OR SAW the aircraft coming.


    • Bose

      $50 off noise-cancelling headphones promotion coming soon…

    • drax

      Honey, don’t jog with those, you won’t be able to hear any silently crashing airplanes that might hit you on the beach! Honey?

      • Veteran Jogger


    • Daniel


    • OldTimer

      So… deaf people or others hard of hearing should not jog outside?

      • Veteran Jogger

        OldTimer: Who said anything about deaf people?

      • Veteran Jogger

        To OldTimer:

        Suggest you take a look at this article: “Running With Headphones is a Worse Handicap than being a Deaf Runner”.

        The author, Blaine Moore is a running coach in Southern Maine with 20 years of training and racing experience.

        Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4234555



        “Part of the argument against wearing headphones is that you can’t hear well enough while wearing earphones, even if you only have one earpiece in and it is turned low. As a result, it is difficult to be cognizant of what’s around you.

        If that is true, then it seems to me that deaf runners must face a real dilemma. Because there are quite a few deaf runners that manage to safely navigate through the streets, then, it seems that this isn’t a valid argument for running with music, right?

        I don’t think that this is a valid comparison at all. I have spent a lot of time running with deaf people, having had quite a few deaf teammates during my years at the Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT hosts the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, which makes up a little under 10 percent of the total student body at RIT.

        Some deaf runners are safer on the roads than others, which is the same as when you are wearing headphones. Some are more aware of their surroundings while others are easily distracted or just not paying attention to what is going on around them. Unlike with deaf runners, however, a hearing runner listening to music has a constant distraction to help promote being less aware of their surroundings.

        Many deaf people are not 100 percent deaf, and have some level of hearing in one or both of their ears. They may not run with their hearing aids, but generally speaking they are going to have a better awareness of what it’s like to run with their handicap than a runner who is only blasting music at themselves part of the time and not for every waking moment of their life.

        Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4234555

        On a related note: Hybrid Cars are proving to be an unexpected risk to pedestrians, cyclists & joggers/runners because the cars are so quiet when operating in full electric mode!

  • nota gain

    I thought there were only digital cameras?


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