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Crime & Courts

Batavia police seek suspect in indecent exposure

BATAVIA – Batavia police said they are investigating a report of a man who exposed himself to a young woman while driving.

Shortly after noon on Friday, a 24-year-old Batavia woman reported that when she was turning from west Hapner Way to north Wade Lane, she saw the male driver of an older white sedan with his genitalia exposed and fondling himself, police said.

Batavia Detective Sgt. Shawn Mazza said the only description police have is that he is a white man in his early 40s, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. Mazza said the woman could not say what color the baseball cap was, nor the color of his jacket, shirt or pants, nor the license plate of the vehicle.

"It all happened so quick," Mazza said. "She was making the turn, and he drove closer to her, almost to pull alongside of her. She saw what she saw, and she just took off."

Mazza said the woman also was driving a passenger car and that her view of the man was possible by a point in the road that would put her vehicle slightly higher than his.

"It was pretty apparent in her eyes that the person was trying to get his vehicle close to hers so she could see what he was doing," Mazza said.

Police searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect or his vehicle.

Although the incident occurred close to a school, police said they have no reason to believe children were in the intended target of the act and no other incidents were reported in the area at that time or since.

Grace McWayne Elementary School is located at 3501 Hapner Way, Batavia.

Anyone with information about the incident or who knows of a potential witness, can call Mazza at 630-454-2500.

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