Lancaster police have received at least five reports of naked men approaching women on city streets in the last month, authorities said.
Police said a woman reported seeing a man — wearing nothing but sneakers and a “pandemic style mask” — jogging around 6 a.m. Oct. 6 at Ross Street and State Street. The woman reportedly ignored the man when he jogged by her and made an inappropriate comment.
Another naked man, with short brown hair and in his 20s or 30s, approached a woman around 9:45 p.m. Oct. 25 on the 500 block of West James Street, police said. They said the woman did not hear the man say anything to her.
About 15 minutes later, a woman reported missing a middle-aged, heavy-set and naked man, also on the 500 block of West James Street, according to police. Police said the man made an inappropriate comment, but the woman ignored him and kept walking.
A naked man with brown hair in his 20s or 30s approached a woman and made an inappropriate comment Wednesday around 9 p.m. on the 500 block of West James Street, police said.
Police said around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a naked man with blonde or brown hair in his 20s or 30s approached several women. Police said they ran away and reported the incident to Franklin and Marshall Public Safety.
Lancaster police, Manheim Township police and Franklin and Marshall Public Safety have searched the area and checked surveillance footage but have been unable to locate suspects. They’ve released the following safety guidelines for women while they continue to investigate:
– If possible travel in groups.
– Be alert and aware of your surroundings (DO NOT text/surf the internet on your phone while walking)
– Project confidence (chin up, eyes forward, steady pace)
– If walking at night stay in well-lit areas
– Carry some type of legal self-defense tool (pepper spray, personal alarm etc.)
– If traveling alone notify someone else of your plans and route. If confronted, harassed or attacked, escape is usually the best option. Scream and run when possible.
– If all else fails fight as hard as you can and be as loud as possible. This is not the time to be timid.
Anyone aware of unreported incidents, or who has information about potential suspects, should contact Lt. Randell Zook at (717) 735-3322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.