CPD looking for man accused of exposing himself at gas station three times

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police is looking to identify a suspect accused of touching himself, exposing himself, and grabbing women’s buttocks at a gas station and once at a car wash.

Officers say the man has exposed himself several times. The first incident reported was Feb. 17 at 1:08am at the Shell Gas Station at 2800 Bethel Road. 

Police say other crimes occurred June 4 at the Bethel Road Shell station at 11:42pm; June 11 at a Hydro Spray Carwash at 4865 Sawmill Road at 11:43pm; June 17 at the same Shell gas station at 9:24pm. 

“It was very traumatizing . It was very traumatizing. I couldn’t figure out what in the world was this person thinking that it was ok to do that,” said Nancy Grosh, one of the man’s victims. “He stopped and Asked me if I wanted to meet him somewhere. I told him no a few mins late he came back by again and that’s when he started grabbing at me he grabbed mostly my bottom.”

She says she screamed.

“I started yelling at him to leave me alone. And stop touching me. As I got louder he started running away,” said Grosh.

She says she immediately called police, not knowing the was not his only victim.

“He’s gotten to the point where he’ll come up and try the door and try to open it and he’ll come up to the window and flash himself,” said Shell employee Reina Jackson.  “I just don’t understand his facial expression throughout most of it is like it’s just me and him having a conversation. It’s as normal to him  as having a conversation.”

Police say the man is “possibly Asian” and has a ponytail. 

Anyone with info on his identity is asked to contact Det. Huffman in CPD’s Sexual Assault Unit at 614-645-0106 or mhuffman@columbuspolice.org.

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