Flasher terrorises teen girls
A MAN wanted for exposing himself to two teenage girls at Byron Bay on Tuesday afternoon is still at large.
Byron Bay police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the man picking up the two 14-year-old hitchhikers in a maroon four-wheel-drive with Queensland number plates outside the supermarket in Jonson Street about 2.45pm.
After getting into his car he drove the girls south on Bangalow Road until he reached the intersection of Patterson Street, where police allege he pulled down his shorts and committed an act of indecency in front of the girls.
According to police the girls immediately demanded the driver stop the vehicle and they got out.
The driver then performed a U-turn and headed back towards Byron Bay.
Neither girl was assaulted during the incident and they reported it to police shortly after.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Greg Jago said police were very concerned, but thought it was a one-off incident at this stage.
“But the fact this man committed such an act in front of two girls means he might try it again,” Insp Jago said.
“We are concerned that unless we can identify him we could see a repeat of the incident.”
Insp Jago warned members of the community about the dangers of hitchhiking, particularly for young teenagers.
“Police are aware that hitchhiking can be dangerous as hitchhikers are entering the driver’s domain,” he said.
The man being sought by police is described as being of Indian/subcontinental appearance, about 40 to 45 years old, with a solid build and balding, black hair.
He was driving a maroon four-wheel-drive bearing maroon and white Queensland number plates.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Byron Bay police on 6685 9499, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information can be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers.