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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.

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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