Man exposes himself to girls

RALEIGH The girls, age 12 and 15, told authorities they were walking in the 2700 block of Sanderford Road when the suspect approached them, exposed himself and then ran off into a nearby wooded area.

Police are currently searching for the suspect.

He is described as an African American man in his 20s or 30s standing between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 and 1 inch tall and weighs about 200 to 220 pounds.

The man also had "scruffy" beard and a short unkempt Afro-hairstyle. The suspect was wearing a white v-neck T-shirt and dark blue pants.

Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School is less than a mile and a half away from where the incident happened.

Many parents there have other children who wait at bus stops.

"If kids are approached, they should be taught the right things to do," parent Carol Burt said. "And if anything should ever happen ... scream, make some kind of gesture where somebody can hear you."

Some parents say they are avoiding the bus stop all together.

"I was told that she was supposed to be out at 6 a.m. in the morning and there was no way that I would allow her to be out there at six o'clock in the morning because it's dark, anything could happen," parent Cynthia Hagans said.

Police won't say if they'll have more patrols in that area, but they do say there's a heightened sense of awareness among all officers.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555 or Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.

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