Ofc. Teresa Fuller, 509.835.4568
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 4:34 p.m.
The Spokane Police Special Victim’s Unit is looking for the public’s help identifying a suspect in a series of reported lewd acts where an adult male has been exposing himself to children. The suspect vehicle (see attached picture) has been involved in multiple incidents where the driver has exposed himself to children.
The Spokane Police Special Victim’s Unit has received multiple reports about a suspect in a black Chevy Avalanche exposing himself to children in several areas of town. The truck is described as an earlier model Avalanche with very unique accessories; black rims, grey plastic roll bar, writing on the rear quarter panel, and a chrome front bumper. One of the challenges detectives have faced during this investigation is the sheer number of black Avalanches in the Spokane area, so we are asking that people pay very close attention to the unique descriptors for this vehicle prior to calling tips in.
The suspect is described as a white male, 30-45 years of age. From the reports we’ve received so far, it appears the suspects targets girls between the ages of 6-11 between the hours of 7-9:00am. The suspect may leave on foot at times, so it’s possible the vehicle could be parked and unoccupied during those times.
The most recent incident came to the attention of an officer who was flagged down by a parent today. They reported that their child was contacted by this suspect at approximately 8:00am, yesterday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the area of 5th/Thor. The suspect has also been seen in the Hillyard area and in the area of 5th/Florida.
A majority of these incidents were reported after school or the following day, after children arriving home from school would alert their parents to what had happened. We would like to take a moment to encourage parents to talk to their children about reporting these type of incidents to trusted adults as soon as possible so that law enforcement can be contacted and respond swiftly.
Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle or the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.
Officer John O'Brien