ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Metropolitan Police need your help finding a person they say has exposed himself to at least two children. Detectives say it happened in two schools in its second district on Oct. 14 and Oct. 20.
The man caught on camera is in his 20s to 30s has long dreadlocks with brownish-red tips, and was last seen in a dark-colored Chevy Cruz with tinted windows and a temp tag.
The Second District includes the neighborhoods of Botanical Gardens, Cheltenham, Clayton/Tamm, Clifton Heights, Ellendale, Forest Park, Forest Park Southeast, Franz Park, Hi-Point, Kings Oak, Lindenwood Park, McRee Town, North Hampton, Shaw, Southwest Garden, St. Louis Hills, The Hill, Tiffany, Tower Grove Park, Tower Grove South, Wilmore Park, Wydown/Skinker and portions of South Hampton.
The first incident happened at Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction. The second school’s name has not yet been released by St. Louis City Police. St. Louis Public Schools confirmed it was not one of its schools.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Juvenile Division at 314-444-5327. Anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
Tamara Taylor has a daughter who goes to Mallinckrodt.
“It makes me more concerned because obviously, he has an investment in this area,” Taylor said. “I had just come to pick her up right after it happened so I was there when part of the confusion was going on, but she didn’t see anything so I was grateful for that.”
How the man got into the schools is still under investigation.
“Parents always go up to the front door where there’s a camera and they ring us in so, you know, it’s usually pretty secure. So I think this person was definitely adamant and wanted to get in there,” Taylor said.
For some parents and neighbors alike, their worries and questions about the crimes continue to build.
“It is concerning and hopefully somebody will recognize him soon and identify him and he’ll be caught,” said South St. Louis Resident, Norma Rhodes.