Double exposure: Flasher strikes twice at St. Thomas, suspect arrested

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A man suspected of exposing himself to University of St. Thomas students twice on Wednesday afternoon is in custody in St. Paul.

The university says at about 1:20 p.m. a woman was crossing Cretin Avenue when she was approached by a vehicle headed west on Grand Avenue.

"The suspect driving the vehicle stopped, exposed himself and made a lewd comment, then drove northbound on Cretin Avenue," according to the statement from the university's Department of Public Safety.

Less than 10 minutes later, a woman at the corner of Selby Avenue and Finn Street reported a similar incident. "The suspect stopped his vehicle, and again exposed himself and made a lewd comment, then drove eastbound on Selby Avenue," the statement says.

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Both women went to St. Thomas' Public Safety office to report what happened. Based on their descriptions of the man, a Public Safety officer spotted a suspect and gave a complete description of the vehicle to the St. Paul Police, who arrested the man, the university says.

Public Safety commended both victims for reporting the crimes quickly.

A campus alert was also issued last week when a student reported a driver had stopped his car and exposed himself to her in an alley between Dayton and Selby Avenues.

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