Reports of a flasher spotted on USF campus

TAMPA - Police have received three possibly related calls about a man exposing himself at multiple locations on the University of South Florida campus on Thursday evening.

The incidents occurred as students were moving-in to their dorms ahead of the school year. 

No suspect had been arrested as of early Friday.

The first incident was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday. USF police officers responded to a report of a man exposing himself outside of Juniper Poplar Dining Hall on the east side of campus near Beard Drive, according to a release issued by the University of South Florida Police Department.

Witnesses told USF they saw a white man, possibly in his 30s, wearing a blue T-shirt and gray shorts, the release states. The man had a thin build, with short hair, possibly gray or blonde in color, and wore glasses. 

About 9 p.m. someone told USF police a man fitting the same description exposed himself outside the Fresh Foods dining area in the Argos Center. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. and was reported approximately 30 minutes later.

At approximately 9:14 p.m., USF police received another call about a white man running naked through the fifth level of the Beard Drive Garage.

Police officers responded to the scene but did not find anyone fitting that description. 

USF police officers continue to investigate the three incidents.

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact the University of South Florida Police Department at (813) 974-2628. 

The Public Safety University Police is reminding students to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately. 

Students are also encouraged to remember the following safety tips:

  1. Be vigilant and keenly aware of the environment around you.
  2. Notify the police if anyone or anything looks out of place.
  3. Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.
  4. Use the USF SAFE Team safety escort service when on campus. (974-SAFE)
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