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Police searching for flasher

Police are searching for a man accused of exposing himself to fourwomen in separate flashing incidents in Halifax on Sunday night.

Police are searching for a man accused of exposing himself to four women in separate flashing incidents in Halifax on Sunday night.

One of the incidents took place on the grounds of Dalhousie University, according to school spokesman Billy Comeau.

At about 6:50 p.m., Comeau said a female student encountered a man exposing himself in the parking lot outside of Fountain House at Howe Hall off Coburg Road.

Comeau said the student immediately contacted campus police, who then proceeded to notify Halifax Regional Police.

This was the first reported incident in a string of four that took place near Dalhousie between the area of Coburg and Jubilee roads over three hours.

“In three of the four cases, young females reported coming across an individual who either had exposed himself or proceeded to expose himself,” said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter. “No words were exchanged, there was no physical contact, (but) in at least one of the cases the man began masturbating.”

Palmeter said in all four cases the man, described as being in his early 20s with brown hair and approximately six feet tall, quickly fled the scene.

In one case, he was seen fleeing into a teal-coloured vehicle described as boxy, possibly an older-model Volvo.

Palmeter said police are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down the man.

Dalhousie student Alison Taylor, 21, said yesterday news of this flashing makes her feel uncomfortable, but it doesn’t surprise her.

“There’s been a lot of incidents like that lately,” she proclaimed. “Some don’t even get reported ... Some people have had flashers in their driveway, or men masturbating outside their houses.”

Taylor, who lives just off campus near South Street, doesn’t think the incidents will change her walking habits. She also said Dalhousie is generally a safe campus.

“(But the incident) makes you think more about it, for sure,” she said.

Dalhousie warns students
In light of Sunday night’s flashing incident on campus, Dalhousie University sent out a security bulletin to students yesterday advising them of what took place. This is the second time in less than a week Dalhousie has emailed a security bulletin to students. The other came last Thursday, one day after a Dalhousie student was allegedly dragged into an alley in between two homes by a man on South Street, which is a block away from the school.