VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say they are looking for a man who exposed himself to a girl in Virginia Beach.
Police say the alleged incident happened near Columbus Station in the 4400 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. The incident was reported just after 10 a.m.
According to police, the man popped out of bushes and exposed himself to the girl. An officer who saw it happen and began chasing the suspect, police say.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools sent out the following statement to Princess Anne High School, Independence Middle School, Thalia Elementary School and Pembroke Elementary School:
Good afternoon, this message from Virginia Beach schools is being sent on behalf of the principal at your child’s school . As you know, student safety is a top priority for everyone in our schools. With that in mind, we want to make you aware of a police matter that happened in the Pembroke area this morning. Police say a juvenile was walking near Columbus Station when a man jumped out of the bushes and exposed himself. Although this incident did not happen on school grounds, it is a reminder of the need to speak with our young people about personal safety. If possible, students should travel in a group or with friends when walking in the neighborhood. Additionally, tell your children that if a stranger approaches them, they should run away and immediately report the incident to an adult. We appreciate your partnership in reviewing these important safety reminders with your children. Keeping the lines of communication open among students, the home, and the school will result in a safer, more secure community for all. Thank you.
Officers are still looking for the man, who is described as a white male between the ages of 25 and 35 and was wearing khaki shorts, a teal/ turquoise colored shirt and thick-lensed glasses.
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