PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Moon Township Police are looking for a man who exposed himself along the Montour Trail several times this month.
Police say the incidents happened Monday, July 8; Saturday, July 13; Friday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 24.
“This is a crime, it’s known as indecent exposure. We take it very seriously and we want to people along the Montour Trail to know about this incident and where it’s taking place,” said Moon Township Police Chief Leo McCarthy.
Police set up a hidden camera on the trail and captured images of the man allegedly fondling himself.
“The detective pulls up the camera and there’s the image of this person with his hands in his pants standing out by the rock, and with a bag in front of him,” Chief McCarthy said. “We theorize that he may be removing a wig from that bag and putting that on his head because his head is basically shaved, and when he goes out there to expose himself, he shows a different image, a disguise.”
He has been seen on the path leading up to a rocky cliff on the trail, police say.
He was seen at that spot just before the most recent report of a male, nude from the waist down, fondling his genitals in view of a female runner.
“What he does is he sees a young woman walking by, he shouts at her and gets her attention, she looks up, she sees him, obviously she’s shocked, she dials 911,” Chief McCarthy said.
Police say this particular spot on the trail makes it difficult for anyone to chase down the suspect and is out of view of traffic on Montour Run Road.
Officials are requesting help in identifying the suspect.
“Anyone who knows who this guy is or has any information regarding his vehicle or his name, we’d appreciate a phone call at the police department,” said Chief McCarthy.
Police say they still believe Montour Trail is safe, but they are urging women not to walk, run, jog or ride their bikes alone.