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'There is a guy masturbating on the Green Line'

Posted at 11:16 PM, Apr 28, 2016
WARNING: THIS STORY IS GRAPHIC IN NATURE

SAN DIEGO -- A second woman has come forward to 10News, saying she was also targeted by a man masturbating and staring at her on the Green Line MTS trolley.
 
Kellie Hopstein contacted 10News after seeing our story Monday about a man masturbating at a woman on the Green Line trolley. The same thing happened to her in February, she said.
 
“Somewhere around the San Diego State stop this gentleman got on,” Hopstein said.
 
He sat across from her in the small booth, where seats face each other, she said.
 
“And [he] kind of squirmed a little bit in his seat,” she said.
 
Hopstein said the man had a backpack in his lap, but it was clear what he was doing behind it. She said she put her head, down and texted MTS emergency dispatchers.
 
“And I’m like OMG, there’s somebody on the trolley masturbating, you need to get out here and do something now,” Hopstein said. “Frightening. It’s really frightening."
 
She said this went on for several stops and he even had a paper towel he used to clean up with. She never saw an officer respond and the man got off the trolley at 70th Street.
 
“The last text I got from them is they would review the video on the trolley and that was it,” Hopstein said.
 
Hopstein describes the man as being in his 30s with a shaved head.
 
“He is a very slim black man. That particular day he was wearing all black,” Hopstein said, adding he had lots of tattoos on both arms. “Sleeves, he had sleeves,” she said.
 
“It’s bad enough for women. It bad enough for men, anybody to see this type of event,” Hopstein said.
 
We asked an MTS spokesman what happened with those investigations and what they plan to do about this. We were told the questions we asked could not be answered in such a short time. However, the following statement was released:
"MTS takes all crimes committed on our system very seriously and investigates thoroughly."
MTS said if anyone sees anything suspicious to call or text their non-emergency numbers.
 
We also also asked MTS for the surveillance video for both incidents through the California Public Records Act.