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DECATUR — A Decatur woman mowing her yard had to threaten to get a gun before the man exposing himself to her outside her garden fence finally ran off, police said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland with Decatur police said the incident happened between 2:15 p.m. and 2:22 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of North Church Street. He said the woman first noticed the man loitering near her fence and moving along it as she mowed.

“She mows for a while longer, and he is still there, so she yelled at him, asking if there was something she could help him with,” Copeland said. “The man didn’t respond, and it was when she got closer to him and her vision wasn’t obscured that she observed the man looking right at her …”

Aware he was exposing himself, the woman repeatedly yelled at the man to leave, but Copeland said he refused to move.

“She then walked towards the residence and yelled she was getting a gun and he ran and she called us,” Copeland said.

The woman described the man as a black male, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 in height, 30 to 40 years old and wearing all black with a black do-rag on his head with white lettering.

Copeland said the suspect’s description sounds similar to another man police have sought on public indecency charges for exposing himself repeatedly in the area of East Elmhurst Avenue.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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