Victim claims Target refused to report indecent exposure - New York News

Victim claims Target refused to report indecent exposure

Posted: Updated:
LAKEVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

One Minnesota mother is having a little trouble believing Minnesota nice can be found inside Target stores after a teen exposed himself to her and employees refused to call police.

"I'm a sex assault survivor, so my hands began to shake and I began to cry," Kristin Clouse recalled. "I called for my husband right away."

Yet even after screaming for help, Clouse says the staff inside the Lakeville Super Target store refused to call police because they said they weren't allowed to.

Clouse told FOX 9 News she was in the toy section of the store when the culprit struck. Her 8-year-old and 11-year-old children where in the next aisle when a man dropped his pants and walked the full length of the aisle, maintaining eye contact the entire time.

"Exposing yourself to someone is often the very first step in a pattern of deviant sexual behavior that often leads to aggressive sexual attacks," Clouse warned.

Still, what shocked her more than the indecent exposure itself was the treatment she received from the employees after the incident.

"When I talked to the manager, I said, 'I need police to come right away. I need your security personnel. I need police,'" Clouse said. "I was told, 'We won't call police. It's store policy.'"

Target says there is no such policy in place. Police say in most cases the dispatchers would prefer to speak with the person with most direct knowledge, but there is no reason anyone should not call 911 in a case like this.

"We'd like anyone to help when someone is asking for assistance," said Lakeville Police Chief Tom Vonhof. "This is something we'd like anyone to do, regardless of what their position is."

Clouse said the manager told her she was welcome to call police herself, and officers eventually found the suspect -- a minor with mental health issues -- in the store with his mother. Still, Clouse said she is much less concerned about punishing a boy who may not know better than she over how the incident was handled by employees.

"I am not OK with anybody just dismissing this as, 'She just got flashed,'" Clouse said. "It's not OK."

Though Target says its stores are "committed to working closely with law enforcement and our guests to address any concerns or incidents," Clouse says her confidence is shaken.

"My concern is that I felt like when I go to Target now, if a crime is committed against me, I'm on my own," she said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bronx supermarket fire

    Bronx supermarket fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:19:31 GMT
    Authorities say a child and two firefighters have been injured in an overnight fire that spread through a Bronx supermarket.
    Authorities say a child and two firefighters have been injured in an overnight fire that spread through a Bronx supermarket.
  • Dog found inside abandoned LI house

    Dog found inside abandoned LI house

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:09:55 GMT
    Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.
    Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.
  • Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:54:31 GMT
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices