Police get tips on area flasher

Manassas police are still on the trail of a serial flasher who has struck at least nine times in the city and surrounding areas in Prince William County since Oct. 10.

After widespread publicity about the case Monday and Tuesday, Manassas police received a number of tips to the confidential crime solvers tip-line.

The man has exposed himself to young girls and women in settings that include apartments, town houses and a city dance studio.

“We have gotten a couple of tips that we are following up on … a couple of promising leads,” said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, Manassas police spokesman, on Tuesday. But, police had no new information to share as of Tuesday afternoon.

Manassas and Prince William police have both received complaints in the last month and a half. Police are not sure if the crimes have all been the work of the same person, but Woolverton said Monday that detectives from the two agencies are in constant communication and are keeping “an open mind.”

The man was seen leaving some crime scenes on a bicycle and was described by one witness as having acne. In every instance, including those in Prince William County, the man has been described as being white and between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall. He has a thin to medium build.

Woolverton said the man is not considered dangerous. “He has done nothing to indicate he is violent. He has not attempted to touch or assault anyone,” Woolverton said Monday. “I do want to be clear that there is always the possibility that a person committing these types of sex crimes can become more aggressive.”

Any one with information is asked to contact Detective Tina Pannell at (703) 257-8047. Tips can also be phoned in anonymously to Manassas Crime Solvers at (703) 330-0330. Up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

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