The Marana Police Department continues to investigate three incidents involving a man exposing himself, and another man trying to coax a young boy to his car.
Sgt. Tim Brunenkant said the first incident occurred in early April, when a female resident reported she was walking to her mailbox and she saw a man exposing himself from inside a parked car.
The alleged incident happened in the area of Twin Peaks and Coachline.
The vehicle is described as a four-door silver sedan. The suspect is described as a White male between the ages of 30 and 40, with short black hair and wearing a navy blue T-shirt.
Tamara Crawley, spokeswoman for the Marana School District, said letters were sent to parents in early April after the first incident occurred near Twin Peaks Elementary School.
A similar incident occurred on April 11, when a man matching the same physical description and car allegedly exposed himself to several children on the 7800 block of Summer Sun Road.
Because of the description of the man and car, Brunenkant said police are sure the two incidents are related, but at this point have not been able to identify the suspect.
“We just want parents to be on alert, and keep an eye out,” he said. “If you see anything like this, do not approach the man but try to get a license plate number.”
On April 19, Brunenkant said they received another disturbing call at the 12100 block of Thornydale Road at the Fry’s Food Store. An 8-year-old boy was allegedly approached by an elderly man who asked him if he wanted to exit the store and “see his puppies.”
After the boy replied no, the man apparently exited the store, Brunenkant said.
The man is described as being elderly with gray hair and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
While these incidents span over a month, Brunekant said it’s important that residents be on alert, and notify police with information that could lead to catching the two suspects.
Anyone with information can call 382-2000 or 88-CRIME.
What to look for
Marana police ask parents to be on the lookout for:
A White man between the ages of 30 and 40, with short black hair, driving a four-door silver sedan.
Stranger Danger Tips for Parents
• Animals and candy are two of the most common lure tactics predators use. Tell your children not to talk to strangers with either of these things unless the stranger knows the code word. (Code words are excellent tactics when teaching about stranger danger.)
• Tell your child to trust their gut. Children are much more intuitive than adults. Tell your children that if they get a bad feeling, to walk away.
• If your child walks home on their own from school, make sure they do it in pairs or groups. Never allow your child to walk home alone. Also, make sure that your child always takes the same path or route home.
• Give your children tools such as whistles and cell phones if they are old enough. These should be stored in a location that are easy to grab when needed. Your child should blow the whistle if they are uncertain about something. Your child should also know exactly how to reach you in case of emergency.
• Do not keep your child’s name printed on anything visible to strangers. This includes their clothing, jackets, backpack, shoes and hats. If a predator sees a child’s name and uses it, the child will instinctively trust them.
• Your children should always tell you where they are and when they will return. If they change their plans, they need to let you know. This should be a fundamental house rule.