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Police: Man Flashed Boy in W-L Parking Garage

by ARLnow.com June 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm 4,688 43 Comments

Arlington County police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to a 14-year-old boy in the Washington-Lee High School parking garage this morning.

The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. A white male in his 40s, wearing nothing but white athletic socks and white Nike shoes, jumped out and exposed himself to the boy in a secluded part of the parking garage, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. There was also some incidental contact between the man and the boy, Sternbeck said.

The boy, who was at the school for an orientation session for rising freshmen, ran off and reported the incident to school staff, Sternbeck said. Numerous police officers and a K-9 unit searched for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as 6’2″ tall, with an average build and short dark hair. Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call Arlington police at 703-558-2222.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    An average building?

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    And on the topic: FFS, what is wrong with some people.

  • SomeGuy

    Maybe the perp misunderstood the decorum for a session targeting “rising fresh men.”

    • This was my son

      thanks, this comment made us both LOL.


      • Really?

        If you are serious that this happened to your son, then glad you were able to laugh about it. Scary incident, but he obviously did the right thing. My daughter is a transfer student to W-L and really likes it. In general it’s more diverse and more “urban” than Yorktown, which she likes. With its more central location, weird stuff happens. Glad he kept his wits about him.

        • This was my son

          Yes, really. He was very rattled at first (when he called me from the school to tell me what was going on), but quickly regained his composure. I’m really proud of him. We both view this as more weird/creepy than scary, but needless to say he will not be taking shortcuts through the parking garage again.

          • Jenny

            Hi there. I’m a reporter with NewsChannel 8 looking to report on this during our 10 o’clock news. May I interview you and your son? Please email me at [email protected]. Thanks!

          • SomeGuy

            Jenny, in your report, you should probably include my theory for what might have caused confusion leading up to this incident. I count myself among Arlington’s finest self-trained armchair detectives, and it was, after all, my gumshoe wit that prompted the victim’s parent to speak up.

            Great how the parent and victim are handling it in stride too.

          • Hmm…

            +1000 to the 14 yr old for doing the right thing in a bad situation 🙂

  • wtf. arlington has so many weirdo hornies.

    • Captain Perv McPervo

      “wierdo hornies” … from the Department Of Redundancy Department.

      *faps and walks away*

  • sunflower

    i thought freshman hazing had been discouraged

  • NoVapologist

    I often park on 15th street right by the garage when I go running on the trail there. I have seen creepy older dudes hanging around that parking deck quite a few times. I always assumed they were just “cruising” for other creepy older guys.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Perving on/hoping to cruise teenaged boys, clearly.

      The creepy older guys interested in other adult men are in the airport bathrooms.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    I didn’t see this location on Arlnow’s cruising site posting a few months ago. Probably needs to be updated.

  • LuvDusty

    There is a typo in 2nd para, 2nd line:

    “jumped out an exposed himself” –missing a “d” so it should read..”jumped out and exposed…”

  • Cletus Van Damme

    Trev needs to chill…

  • CW

    Does the “incidental contact” mean that he ran so close while flashing that some “part” of him touched the poor kid? Yick.

  • Mary-Austin

    This actually happened to a friend and I while we were walking on our college campus.
    The guy had a trench-coat on and everything.
    Looking back it was kind of fun but at the time it was scary, especially because it was at night.

    • Hmm…


      • Mary-Austin

        *funny oops

  • Hank

    Apparently, Chester didn’t get the attention he was looking for; the kid was just looking at the perv’s shoes to the point where he was able to identify the brand.

    I would have expected the brand of choice for flashers to be Reeboks. Specifically, high tops with a velcro strap.

    • agreed, definitely would’ve pinned the creep for a reebok fan. goes w/ the territory.

  • WeiQiang

    this shiz is crazy pervy. fappers at 7-11. fappers watching people dining. this guy.

  • Tre

    There should be a new policy implemented: If you see it, kick it.

    • SomeGuy

      I implemented that policy with small yippie dogs, obnoxious children, and people standing on the left side of the Metro escalator a long time ago.

  • Leon Phelps

    short dark hair? Which head?

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    The real question is: 6’2″ and basically buck naked… and even with a K-9 team they can’t track this guy down? The answer to some of these policing issues is to get the officers out of their cars and into the community on bike and on foot. And not just on the main streets. By doing so they’d learn where people are hanging out or living in places that they shouldn’t. For years homeless people were living in a space under the stairs that enter the garage off 15th street. There was even a woman living in a “cave” under the parking garage that formed part of the embankment leading from 66 up to street level. You don’t know these things unless you get out of your car and wander around where you car can’t take you.

    • Richard Cranium

      Well I notice that some of the officers now have Segways – so that’s a start.


    • This was my son

      I should have mentioned before that we are very pleased with the response of both the admin at W-L and ACPD, so I am sorry that this is being used as an opportunity for police bashing. The officer I spoke to was well aware of the homeless residing in the area.

      • WeiQiang

        Thanks for being stand-up, but you would not be able to prevent the griping by those who are pre-disposed. Your inputs here, I think, have improved the discussion and wouldn’t affect the griping.

        Glad you and your family and the community are working through it.

  • Thomas


  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    The report said “white athletic socks and white Nike shoes,” it didn’t say AJ2012’s. Q.E.D.

    • nom de guerre

      What size were the white Nike shoes? Were they clown sized?

      • Hank

        A clown-flasher hybrid is one of the most frightening things I can imagine. Thank you for that.

  • Slaw foot

    What kind of Nike’s? Did he have them old-school Jordans? If so, he is a fresh player that dont need no draw’s.

    • drax

      Time for a guys-wearing-Nikes roundup!

  • Jerome

    I get exposed to every time I’m in the Golds gym locker room in Rosslyn. I would report them to the police but they’d need to build a precinct in the gym just to handle the volume of calls.

  • Christine

    The parking garage is used by employees of The arlington county public school system Some employees work at the Ed Center and some have business at the center.

  • Steve Stifler

    you should’ve kicked him in the nuts, bro!


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