Police: Man exposed himself near YMCA

by: Jeff Smith Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are on the lookout for a man who exposed himself to several women jogging near a popular south Charlotte YMCA Tuesday morning.

The Harris YMCA said it's working closely with police to find the flasher, but officers said they don't have many leads.

At least one member of the gym said she's going to stop running on the outdoor track until an arrest is made.

On Wednesday evening, all members of the Harris YMCA on Quail Hollow Road received an email explaining the situation and asking joggers to take precautions, like carrying cellphones and not running alone any more in the dark.

Eyewitness News caught up with several joggers who hadn't had time to check their computers yet.

"I didn't know about it. I had no idea until you just showed me," said Susan Laney.

Laney said she's used to feeling safe running alone in that part of South Charlotte.

Early Tuesday morning, police said a man was standing completely naked near the corner of the track, in the treeline. Two adult women saw him and called 911, but the man had run away.

Police haven't been able to track him down since.

"That really makes me stop and think," Laney said.

She said she'll stop running on the track until there's an arrest.

"I don't want to come out here anymore. That's just dangerous. It's scary," she said.

Others runners believe it's an isolated incident, and don't plan on staying away from the track.

"I have my phone, I always have my phone. So that's comforting," said Cindy Howe, who runs on the track three times a week.

Police said they're working on "several different approaches" to try and find the flasher, but declined to elaborate.

Police said the flasher is a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with an athletic build and light brown hair.