Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
11:01 pm EDT
Tue, July 14, 2020

Clermont police warn public about possible flasher

Clermont police are investigating allegations of a man exposing himself to patrons of the Target store at 2660 E. Highway 50.

A female customer told Target employees Monday, May 15, that a man had exposed himself to her in the parking lot as he sat in his vehicle, a police news release states. Target sent out correspondence to their employees to make them aware of the incident.

The next day, an employee of the Target Starbucks was approached by a white vehicle in the lot. The driver, described as a Hispanic man 21 to 26 years of age, attempted to engage her in conversation while sitting in his vehicle, the release states. As he asked her for directions, she noticed his zipper was undone and she thought this may be the same man mentioned in Target’s correspondence. She didn’t respond to the driver’s questions and hurried into the store.

Meanwhile, a family member of the victim from the May 15 encounter made a post on Facebook that ultimately alerted the Clermont Police Department of the incident, the release states.

Since then, officers and detectives have been working to identify the man. The department released two photos of what is possibly the white vehicle described in the Tuesday, May 16, encounter, but it is not known whether it is the same possible vehicle from the previous day’s incident.

In an apparently unrelated incident, Clermont police received a report Monday, May 22, of a man exposing himself to an employee of the McDonald’s restaurant at 4307 W. Highway 27, a news release states. The employee reported that between the hours of 8pm and 9:30pm, a silver van driven by a black male with a shaved head came through the drive thru. The man exposed himself, but the employee ignored the man, and he drove away with no further contact. If anyone has information about this man, they should contact Detective Michel at 352.536.8422.

Residents are urged to be aware of their surroundings at any business, and to report any suspicious behavior or vehicles to police.