Flasher Luring Students at Philadelphia University - New York News

Flasher Luring Students at Philadelphia University

Posted: Updated:


A man driving around the campus of Philadelphia University is using a ruse to lure young women to his car-- and it's working.  Police are anxious to find him, because he's struck five times within the space of a week, all during lunchtime.  No students have been injured physically, but police say they're not sure what the man might be capable of.

Philadelphia University is home to one of the safer corners of the city.  But even there, crime can creep in.  In this case, it's in the form of a driver pretending to be lost.  Capt. John Darby, head of the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit, says the man "asks for directions, so he draws the complainant towards the vehicle."

It happened the first time a week ago Thursday along School House Lane, which cuts through the campus.  Police say the conversation quickly turned lewd, then the man drove away in a dark green Jeep Liberty.  Two days ago he returned, luring four different women toward his car within the space of just one hour.  "All the victims are 18 to 26 years old," Capt. Darby explained.  "These are college students."

Autumn Rockhill is a freshman at Philadelphia University. "It happened where I come home, like I come back from one of my classes by myself at night, so I was like, Oh my God, what if that was me, and I got real scared."

In one of those four instances on Wednesday, the driver exposed himself, terrifying the victim.  "One of the girls that it happened to, she came into the class and she was crying, and then she got called by security, safety and security at our school, and had to go tell them what happened," Freshman Caitlin Lowery told Fox 29.

Police are asking everyone on campus to be alert.  "There's a possibility this male is parked in the area on other days," Capt. Darby explained.  "We obviously have increased the patrol and plain clothes presence in the area.  But the public's going to help us to see perhaps if he's idling in a particular location, give us a tip."

Detectives are hoping that tip will be a license plate number.  Police say the man is white, between 40 to 50 years of age, stocky, bald, with a graying beard and tinted glasses.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Another company to give family free cruise

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:52:08 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:16:30 GMT
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
  • Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:46:48 GMT
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
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