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UNCW: Suspect reported for indecent exposure twice in past week

UNCW (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — The UNCW Police Department is looking for one suspect in two recent indecent exposure incidents.

The incidents happened on Oct. 21 and Oct. 27, one near Madeline Suite and the other near the Warwick Center and Fisher Student Center. Both occurred between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. according to a release from UNCW Friday.

READ MORE: Reports of sexual assault, stalking at UNCW continued to rise in 2021

The police department indicated the incidents appear to involve the same person: a man, either white or Pacific islander, of average build between 25-years-old and his early 40s. His vehicle is a black, late-model Cadillac Escalade with tinted windows and a partial license plate number reading JFK.

According to on-campus police, the suspect exposed his genitals to victims while sitting in the car and three people on campus reported seeing it. He did not get out of his car during either incident.

The incident comes after the latest security report presented to the UNCW Board of Trustees earlier in the month noted increases in reports of rape, fondling and stalking in 2021. Presented by Amber Grove, UNCW’s director of Title IX and Clery Compliance, the report cataloged data over the last three years.

The numbers revealed:

  • Reports of 11 rapes, 6 fondlings, 12 stalkings in 2018
  • Reports of 7 rapes, 3 fondlings, 13 stalkings in 2019
  • Reports of 8 rapes, 5 fondlings,18 stalkings in 2020 
  • Reports of 14 rapes, 7 fondlings, 29 stalkings in 2021

Grove told PCD after the report was released that the campus’s Title IX office has implemented and reinstated more initiatives to target the increase of cases across campus. Outreach has increased on how to set boundaries, ask and provide consent, and speak out against unwarranted instances. Orientation also includes education on safe practices and transfer students are required to take an online module before registering for classes.

The police department is looking for information on the most recent incident and advises anyone with information on the suspect or the vehicle matching the description to call 910-962-2222 or contact the department via the LiveSafe app.

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