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Man exposes himself to woman on towpath

September 02, 2000

Man exposes himself to woman on towpath



BIG POOL - A man exposed himself to a woman on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath Saturday, Maryland State Police said.

The incident was not related to a sexual assault two weeks ago along the popular recreational trail, police said.

A 44-year-old Inwood, W.Va., woman had been riding her bike on the towpath near Big Pool when she stopped at a water pumping station about 12:30 p.m. and saw the man walk out of the woods toward her, police said.

He unzipped his pants and exposed himself, continuing to walk toward her, police said.

The woman ran to her bike and rode to a home on Ernstville Road, where she contacted police.

The woman told police she had previously seen the man standing along the towpath about 11:45 a.m.

Police and National Park Service rangers searched the area, using a helicopter and a search dog, but didn't find the man.

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He was described as a white male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a stocky build, in his 40s, with no facial hair. He was wearing jeans, a dark blue T-shirt and dark blue baseball cap with no markings, police said.

On Aug. 18, a female jogger was sexually assaulted on the towpath near Sharpsburg. Maryland State Police is also investigating that incident.

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