Naperville residents and visitors are being advised to remain alert, following recent incidents in which a motorist approached a 9-year-old girl out walking her family’s dog and a man who exposed himself to a student on the campus of North Central College.
Written police reports indicated the first incident occurred about 3:38 p.m. Jan. 20 near the intersection of Clearwater Lane and Colton Circle, in the River Run neighborhood on the city’s far south side. A resident of Clearwater Lane that afternoon called police, after her 9-year-old daughter told her she had been approached by “a strange man” driving a sport utility vehicle, the reports read.
The girl said she had seen the man before, walking in the neighborhood. On this occasion, he was driving a “grayish” SUV, and stopped to ask the girl “if she was tired and wanted a ride around the block,” according to the reports.
Police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed the man drove a gray SUV and called the girl’s dog “Chi-Chi” when offering her a ride.
Davis said the driver was described as being a middle-aged white man, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and having a “skinny build.” He had dark hair, a beard but no mustache “and a mark on his face, possibly a mole or sunspot,” Davis said.
Also being sought is the man who exposed himself about 5:10 p.m. Thursday to a North Central College student, as she was walking west near the campus bookstore at 100 E. Jefferson Ave.
A campus safety bulletin stated the man was walking east on Jefferson Avenue and “exposed his genitals to her as he walked past.” The man, who continued walking east toward campus, did not touch or otherwise come into physical contact with the student, the bulletin read in part.
“Campus Safety officers responded and searched the area, but were unable to locate” anyone matching the man’s description, according to the bulletin. “Naperville police were notified, and are patrolling the area.”
The student described the flasher as being a white man between the ages of 30 and 40 and standing about 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had “a slim build and dark-black hair with some gray.”
He wore a black, waist-length jacket and blue jeans with a brown belt, the bulletin stated. The student told investigators the man at the time was also “talking on a cell phone and carrying a black shoulder bag.”
Campus Safety officials advised students to not walk alone at night and avoid “isolated areas” and shortcuts through parking lots. They also said students should “stay in well-lit areas and use routes that are more heavily traveled.”
Witnesses to the incidents or those who believe they have information about either case were asked to call Naperville police, at 630-420-6666. Information about the indecent exposure can also be reported to Campus Safety, at 630-637-5911.
Campus Safety officers, on request, will also will escort students to locations on or near the school grounds.