Three female students reported two separate instances of a male who exposed himself on the 700 to 900 blocks on Cherry Street Saturday. In the first incident the students said in the police report that they were walking north on the West side of Cherry Street. The male approached them from behind on foot exposed himself to two of the females on the sidewalk of Cherry Street and fled on foot. The incident occurred at around 9:09 p.m. and was reported to the Oshkosh Police Department via phone. According to the police report, the suspect was last seen wearing a forest green canvas jacket (possibly Carhartt brand), dark colored jeans, a dark colored form fitting ribbed knit stocking hat and white stiletto high heel shoes. UW-Oshkosh Junior Katie Scott explained her initial reaction to hearing about the incident. “I guess if I was walking more off-campus I’d be afraid, but on campus I feel safe,” Scott said. “I thought it was kind of scary, but I kind of laughed that he was wearing stilettos.” According to the police report the male was described as a 30 to 40 year old Caucasian with a stocky build, an unshaven face, with shaggy dark hair, five feet eight inches to five feet nine inches tall, heavier set and as having an unkempt appearance. Oshkosh Police Department Crime Prevention Sgt. Steve Sagmeister said the suspect talked to the females. The suspect said, “‘hey ladies do you like my high heels?,’” Sagmeister said. A second incident occurred around the same time on Cherry Street. A female student pulled into her driveway and the same male approached and asked her if she liked his heels, Sagmeister said. The incident was reported to the Oshkosh Police Department. University Police Department Chief Michael Melland said around 15 community service officers, composed of student employees, can assist students who are walking around campus and want the officers to walk with them. Melland explained who should utilize the program. “Anybody that’s feeling uncomfortable, and anybody, particularly females, that have to walk at night alone,” Melland said. The CSO program now is the only program that offers this type of assistance since the Knight Owls program was eliminated earlier this month. Scott believes future incidents could be avoided if there were more police stationed off-campus, but feels the CSO program is a valuable asset. “I think it’s a good thing on campus that more people should take advantage of,” Scott said. Melland said students should pay more attention to the precautions he provides in the e-mails. “I think that people tend to not pay as much attention to some of the safety tips on the e-mails,” Melland said. “Ultimately your responsible for your own safety to a large extent.” If anyone has any information they should call the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700 or the University Police at 920-424-1212.
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