HOUSTON—Three different police agencies are now on alert in the Clear Lake area for a man whom neighbors say repeatedly parks at or near an elementary school and “pleasures himself” with the car door open.
“In the act of enjoying himself, (he was) actually caught in the act,” said parent Liz Webb who used her cell phone Monday to take pictures of the man and his car in the parking lot of John F. Ward Elementary so she could alert police.
Webb and several other neighbors have reported the same man, in the same car engaged in the same act of self gratification, in the parking lot of a nearby church and the parking lot at a public pool across the street from the school.
“And he has been at different schools watching children. And that seems to be the tie. He’s always watching children. And that’s what bothers us. It concerns us,” said Webb.
The man driving a red Mustang has not been publicly identified because he has not been charged with a crime. But the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. And Wednesday two patrol deputies were in the area specifically because of concerns about the man in the red car. Houston police and Harris County Constable Precinct 8 have also been alerted to neighborhood concerns
“We’re worried about escalation because it started off with him sitting over here on a park bench watching the kids. Then he was in his car. Now he’s in a car on the school grounds,” said Webb. “Our concern is that he’s going to snatch a child and we won’t be able to stop it.”
Police agencies have reportedly made contact with the man. He does not appear to have a significant criminal record. We are told that charges of indecent exposure are being considered.