JSO searching for man who exposed himself in an Arlington neighborhood | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search for a suspect who approached two Arlington women allegedly wanting more than just directions is underway.
Walking her dog, Yoshi, is something you'll find Renee Hunter doing daily along Gable Lane. However, a recent encounter now has her hesitant to take a stroll alone in her own neighborhood.
"I don't know what would have happened had I not called her out," said Renee Hunter of her cousin. "He probably could have snatched me."
Hunter says a man in a bright blue Mazda Protégé stopped her Thursday morning asking for directions. She noticed he had a GPS on his dashboard and kept his hands where she couldn't see them. Unsure of how to direct him, Hunter called her cousin, Amber Otero outside.
"I guess it kind of startled him because he didn't see me walking up," said Otero.
Otero worries that to predators Hunter appears to be an easy target being 4-feet, 11-inches tall. Hunter may look like a teenage girl but she is actually 30 years old.
"I think he thought that I was 16, 15 and he thought that I would be gullible enough to like show him where to go."
Otero says she noticed the man had an odd look on his face and when she looked down, she saw something disturbing.
"He's pulling it out and stroking it and going to town," said Otero. "I mean I was in shock! I called the cops and let him know and he went swerving down the road."
"I'm concerned because there are plenty of kids around here of all ages and some of them may be like 'oh sure I'll get in the car and show you where to go.' And he may take it to the extreme," said Hunter. "He may kidnap them or worse you know."
Both ladies say an officer came out and drove around the neighborhood looking for the man. The suspect has not been found.
Hunter describes the suspect as a white man with short brown hair. She said he had a beard and a mustache and at time wore a black sweatshirt.
Hunter says the suspect drove a bright blue Mazda protégé with a black interior and California tag. If you have any helpful information call JSO at 904-630-0500.