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Police Seek Flasher in the Area

A flasher is on the loose and, apparently, running amuck in residential neighborhoods of Centreville and Chantilly. Although the man hasn't physically harmed anyone, his actions are causing local citizens concern and unease in their own homes.

Fairfax County police are investigating several incidents of indecent exposure and say they "may be related to the same suspect." In each occurrence, a man knocked on the front door or a window of a home. When the victim looked outside, the suspect exposed himself.

Some eight incidents of either exposure, window peeping or window knocking occurred between May 23 and June 7 — all late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. In some cases, say police, the man asked for directions or assistance before exposing himself.

Six of the incidents happened in Centreville — three in the Centre Ridge community and two in Lee Overlook. The other two were in Clifton, not far from the Colonnade Shopping Center. The dates, times and places of the exposures are listed below:

* May 23, 11:05 p.m., in the 14900 block of Rydell Road in Centreville's Lee Overlook community.

* May 23, 11:40 p.m., in the 6200 block of Summer Pond Drive in Centre Ridge.

* May 26, 11:55 p.m., in the 13800 block of Braddock Springs Road in Centreville's Sunset Ridge community.

* May 28, 12:35 a.m., in the 13500 block of Sierra Drive in Clifton's Little Rocky Run community.

* June 3, 12:05 a.m., in the 6100 block of Hoskins Hollow Court in Centre Ridge. In this incident, police say the man exposed himself to two young girls.

* June 7, 2:20 a.m., in the 14800 block of Edman Circle in Lee Overlook.

In addition, a woman reported hearing someone knocking on her bedroom window, May 28, at 12:10 a.m. She lives in the 5800 block of Orchard Hill Lane in The Ponds community of Clifton.

And another woman told police that, on June 7 at 3:05 a.m., she caught a man peeping into a window of her home in the 6200 block of Summer Pond Drive in Centre Ridge.

The suspect in these incidents is described as white, in his late 20s or 30s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 150-165 pounds. He has short, straight, dark hair. Victims described him as clean-shaven in some instances and unshaven in others. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888 or 1-800-673-2777.