Police are investigating two separate reports of a man exposing himself to girls near two Mesa schools on Friday.
Det. Nick Rasheta said the first incident happened near Extension Road and Main Street, and the second was reported in the area of Broadway Road and Country Club Drive. The girls were walking to school or a bus stop at the time of the incidents.
According to Rasheta, each of the girls saw a "suspicious" suspect driving or parked near them before the man exposed himself. The suspect did not attempt any verbal or physical contact in either case.
Rasheta said police have not yet confirmed if the two incidents involved the same suspect, as there are similarities and slight differences in the descriptions provided. Both cases are being actively investigated.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 25 and 45 years old, with short, dark, possibly graying, hair. His vehicle is described as a green or dark green truck, possibly with an extended cab.
Mesa Public Schools recently sent home a letter to students' parents and guardians:
"Dear Mesa Public Schools parents,
We would like to take this opportunity to remind all students that safety should always be a top priority.
Recently, there have been two incidents when a man exposed himself to students walking to school or to a bus stop. The man is described as Hispanic and approximately 25 to 45 years old, with short, dark hair. He was driving a green truck, possibly with an extended cab. He did not approach or speak to the students.
The incidents occurred near Extension north of Main and near MacDonald south of Broadway. Mesa police are investigating and ask that you call 911 if you observe a similar subject or vehicle displaying the described behavior.
We encourage you to talk with your student about safety on the way to and from school and as they walk through the neighborhood:
- Always walk with a friend
- Never accept a ride from a stranger
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Report anything unusual to a trusted adult as soon as possible
By reinforcing these rules and behaviors, we can all be a part of keeping our students and community safe. Thank you."
The letter was sent to 13 schools in the district.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mesa Police.