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Flasher continues to strike campus, adds masturbating to resumé

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Western’s creepy campus flasher has upgraded himself to the level of super-creepy naked masturbator.

The individual who has been committing indecent exposure on and around campus for the last month and a half has escalated his efforts to gross-out local females. There have now been seven incidents involving the same person, said Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police Service.

The suspect is a white male, about six feet tall, muscular, with light coloured hair, Austen said, adding he has also been consistent in sporting nothing but a white mask with dark markings on it.

In previous incidents he merely exposed himself, but recently he has also been seen masturbating and making “sexually related comments” to the females he approaches, Austen said.

The areas he has been spotted in include the North side of Medway Lot, the paths behind Elgin Hall, the creek area behind Saugeen-Maitland Hall and near Brescia College, Austen explained. The incidents usually occur between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m..

Austen suggested females take extra caution when walking on campus and have a higher level of awareness of what is going on around them. It is also wise to walk in pairs or groups in the evening. If necessary, Western Foot Patrol will provide an escort.

Another problem plaguing Western’s campus for the past month and a half is the use of counterfeit bills at on campus cash operations, Austen said. During this period, 27 counterfeit bills have been passed, he said, adding the most common of them has been $20 bills, but there have also been 50s, 10s and even $5 bills.

All cash operations have been equipped with ultra violet readers to detect counterfeit currency, Austen said. Hopefully, this will curb the steady stream of fake bills that have been passed on campus. “There have been two or three a day on some days,” he added.

Two serial numbers have reoccurred on the counterfeit bills, Austen explained. They are AWS0083089 and EVU9969665.

A word to the wise, if your bills say Parker Bros. anywhere on them, they’re probably fake too.

Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department, said this weekend was very quiet. In other words, when the students go home for Thanksgiving, petty crime incidents instantly drop off. What’dya know?!



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