Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman Wednesday night at the Harris YMCA, where a flasher was also reported last week.
Police said Wednesday’s incident happened around 9:40 p.m., when a man exposed himself to a woman who was jogging alone.
The woman told police immediately.
“We employ off-duty police as our security,” YMCA spokeswoman Molly Thompson told WCNC-TV. “He was on site at the time. He came immediately out, searched the area, didn’t find anybody.”
On July 24, two women reported that a man exposed himself to them around 5:45 a.m. on the track behind the same YMCA in south Charlotte. Police said the man wore only a baseball cap. He was gone by the time officers arrived.
The suspect in that incident was described as a white male who is about 5-foot-10 with light brown hair and a muscular build.
On Friday, YMCA employees put up signs to remind joggers that the track is closed when it’s dark.
“Were doing everything that we can to make people aware we have seen him,” Thompson said. “We’ve doubled our security. We’re working very closely with CMPD.”
The YMCA also sent out emails to its members, warning them about both incidents and urging them not to jog alone.
Abby Schoff, 76, has been jogging for 40 years. She told WCNC-TV that the situation will not discourage her.
“I’m pretty fearless so I figure it’s a residential neighborhood, there are lots of people around,” Schoff said. “I never really worried about it.”
Amy Yancey is a runner. She’s on the track every day but not in the dark.
“It’s definitely alarming, particularly for children, and who knows what he’s capable of with women,” she said. “That’s really scary.”