The Edmond Sun

February 20, 2014

Police seek ID of Mitch Park flasher

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Investigators are looking for a suspect who exposed himself to a woman and her young son walking on a Mitch Park trail, police said.  

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday a woman called 911 to report an indecent exposure incident at Mitch Park, located north of Covell and east of Santa Fe.

“She was on the walking trails with her small son in the southwest corner of the park when a man came out of the bushes with no pants on,” Monroe said.

She told another person who was running on the trail at the time and he took off chasing the suspect, Monroe said. He chased him to the east toward the Mitch Park Multi-Activity Center and lost him near a pavilion in the park, Monroe said.

Multiple units searched the area for this suspect Wednesday evening including with one of the department’s K9 units, Monroe said. Detectives are on the case at this point and are investigating, she said.

The witness, Jason Souter, of Edmond, who is nearing graduation in an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reserve program, said he goes to the park several times a week to run. Wednesday evening, he began his run at about 5:15 p.m.

Souter was nearing the end of a 3-mile jaunt when the victim flagged him down on the trail and told him about what happened. She was very composed, talking on a phone, Souter said.

He didn’t know it then, but the suspect was still watching them from about 30 yards away. When he made eye contact, the suspect began running away. Souter pursued him to a pavilion located near the MAC. He was last seen headed toward the direction of a park playground, Souter said.

Monroe said according to the victim, the suspect is a white male between 20-25 years old who was wearing only a black hoodie. Souter said he was wearing the hoodie over his head, and he was wearing khaki shorts.

Additionally, the Edmond Police Department has increased patrols in the area and along the park as a precaution, Monroe said. Souter said he was impressed by the rapid police officer response time — about 30 seconds after he first spoke to the victim. He said he saw the K9 units arrive as well.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to submit an anonymous Text-A-Tip to 625-8398 or to call Edmond Crime Stoppers at 359-4466, a service answered 24 hours a day.