ALERT: Man exposes himself – and worse – in female-owned Burien business 1A young man exposed himself to – and masturbated in front of – a female business owner in Burien on Tuesday, and police are warning residents and businesspeople to be on the lookout. The suspect is described as being an African-American male, between 17–22 years old, with a slim build, standing around 5’7” and weighing around 150 pounds. Police say that he has medium complexion with under-the-skin acne, and that he was seen wearing slim wire-rim, oval, black-framed glasses and a tight-fitting black beanie cap. Both his ears are pierced, and it’s possible that he has very short hair or a shaved head also. “He didn’t look look homeless,” the business owner told us, “he smelled musky but not dirty, and was wearing dark-washed baggy jeans and a black zip up jacket.” The owner said that this was the second time he’s been in her shop, located on SW 152nd Street. “He showed up after some customers had just left,” she said. “When he came in, I was somewhat suspicious – I thought he might have a weapon.” She was alone in the store when the man started looking around and acting suspicious. “I asked him ‘what are you doing here?’ and ‘why aren’t you in school?’ and he said that he lived in Tukwila and was taking the week off from school. I thought that was a bit odd.” He appeared to have been on foot, and he may go to school in Kent and take the bus. The owner – who wishes to remain anonymous – added:

“I was literally getting skeezed out by this guy. I then got a phone call and spoke out loud that someone would be coming into my shop any minute. The guy was watching me, and I was trying to decide if I should call 911. Next thing I know, he’s exposing himself and masturbating! I yelled for him to get out, opened the door, and he ran past me down the street.”
The owner called Burien Police, who responded within 5-10 minutes. Deputies checked nearby stores, the library and transit center, but the suspect wasn’t located. A couple hours later, a friend of the owner’s went to a nearby restaurant to see if they had a surveillance video of the suspect. The Manager there said she saw the same man in the alley behind their place. The Manager then came to the victim’s shop and told her that the kid was nearby. “I went outside and there he was, just down the block” she said. “He was now wearing a white baseball cap, and he saw us and took off again.” Another female business owner said that this guy has been in her shop three times. She’s warned him about calling the cops, and he apparently was at her shop that morning. “The guy is a skeezebag, and guys who do this turn into rapists,” the business owner victim said. “I am frightened!” she added. She also said that she’s thinking of arming herself. “Female business owners need to be aware of this person, as he is bold and I think he’s dangerous.” “The most important advice for anyone who is witness to an exposer is to take steps to make yourself safe,” Sgt. DB Gates of the King County Sheriff’s Office told The B-Town Blog. “It’s impossible to tell a person how they should respond, as each of us will respond differently to the situation and the goal is to stay safe. “If it means leaving the area, or yelling at the suspect, or calling for help from bystanders, it’s whatever works for the individual at the time of the incident. “We of course want them to call 911 as soon as possible.” In the state of Washington under R.C.W. 9A.88.010, what this man did would be considered a gross misdemeanor, or a class C felony if he had previously been convicted of a sex offense:
“A person is guilty of indecent exposure if he or she intentionally makes any open and obscene exposure of his or her person or the person of another knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm.”
Indecent exposure is a class C felony if the person has previously been convicted of a sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.]]>