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'Man in a white car' targeting women walking alone

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 21:18:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Quiet neighborhood walks have turned disturbing for a growing number of women in Rancho Bernardo.

Along Paseo Lucido, feet from a park, Lauren was walking her dog one early evening two weeks ago. She walked past the passenger side of an older, white, 2-door Toyota.

"The front windows were down and the seat was back ... looked over inside the car and saw he was exposing himself and touching himself," said Lauren.

'He' was a large man in his 30s with short dark hair.

"He smiled when he saw me looking. I immediately looked away. Just very anxious and scared," said Lauren.

Lauren took off for a neighbor's house. When she returned minutes later, the car was gone. About a week later - around 6:30 a.m. last Thursday - Robbie was blocks away on Avenida Venusto when a similar car, driven by a man with a similar description, pulled ahead of her and parked in a red zone.

"Kind of slouched back. He has his pants down, and he's actively touching himself," said Robbie.

And again, the stranger met a woman's glance before driving off.

"And he looked up at me with a big smile on his face," said Robbie.

These women aren't alone, as Lauren found out when she posted her incident on the Nextdoor app for her area.

"There are at least seven other women who have encountered this person in the last few months," said Lauren.

In many cases, the women report the car pulling ahead and stopping.

"I think he's targeting women who are walking by themselves or slowly walking their dogs by themselves," said Lauren.

In one of the other reports, a woman says the man was driving a gray Honda. Any other victims are asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 to file a report.