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Missouri State University released a public safety alert Monday afternoon about a case of indecent exposure that was reported two days earlier. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.
On Saturday night, MSU received a report from a female student about a man exposing his genitalia and trying to grab her arm. The student said it happened when she was walking near the intersection of Kimbrough and Harrison.
We asked MSU officials why an incident that took place Saturday evening was not reported over the alert system until Monday afternoon.
Don Clark, the director of the Department of Safety and Transportation at MSU, says it would be unfair to categorize the response as “late.”
“This occurred over the weekend, so on Monday morning, normally the police substation sergeant will review significant incidents over the weekend or anything that he feels is of note and notify me of it. And I was made aware of that about midmorning Monday and we got the alert out shortly after lunch. So actually, I think that was actually a pretty quick turnaround,” Clark explained.
Clark says thankfully nobody was injured and nothing was stolen. However, he says the police substation and his department are taking the report very seriously.
“The fact that it was quasi-sexual in nature as an indecent exposure heightens the importance to the police department and certainly they’ll look into it,” he said.
The MSU safety alert describes the suspect as a white male in his late 20’s to 30, approximately 5’10”to 6’0” with an average build and a full beard, wearing a light blue jacket.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.