Moundville PD investigating alleged incident of indecent exposure to a minor | News
Moundville, Alabama (WBRC)- Moundville Police are investigating an incident in which two children say a man exposed himself to them at a playground.
The alleged incident happened at the Cherokee Bend Neighborhood playground. Two children, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old, told police that they were playing when they looked up and saw a man sitting in his car with the car door open and that he was naked.
The children were apparently not on the playground at the same time, but their stories are strikingly similar.
Five-year-old Jareah Branch was simply riding her bike like she does often, when she said a man sitting in his car opened his door and asked her, "Do you want to see this."
Jareah said the man was naked. Just a few feet away at the time was Jareah's older sister, Vashan."I was sitting here on this table talking with friends and she was riding her bike -- then I saw her turn around," Vashan said. [VIDEO: Moundville child recounts when man exposed himself to her] Vashan and her friend Rasheem both had seen the man sitting in his car. At first they didn't think much of it, but them they say he started acting strange.
"He opens his door and you could tell he didn't have a shirt on because his arm was out like that and he closed it and he opened it again. That's when her sister was riding the bike down the hill so when...you could tell she thought that he called her because she stopped and just looked and went over there. Then she walked away," Rasheem said.
Jareah said she wasn't afraid and wanted to keep on playing, but her sister knew it was time to go. The girls ran home and told her parents what had just happened.
"She came in and said, "Mama there was a man he asked if I wanted to see this and he was naked. So I'm like what!" said Rita Branch, the girls' mother.
Rita and her husband Willie ran outside to see if they could find the man, but he was already gone. They called police and sat Jareah down for a long talk about being safe with strangers.
Moundville Police say the children told them the man was white and the car was white with a bent fender. Police have been trying to locate this vehicle with increased patrols in the neighborhood and they have even contacted neighboring jurisdictions to find out if there are any similar cases elsewhere. Officers have also researched area sex offenders to see what vehicles they drive.
Moundville Police say they have had no leads yet and urge anyone with information in the case to call them immediately at 205-371-2218.
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