RYE, N.Y. - For the second time in a week, the Rye Police Department is investigating a lewdness incident that involved a man in a white sedan touching himself inappropriately in front of minors.
A similar instance took place at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Monday, in the area of Roosevelt Avenue and Wainwright Street, when two 13-year-old girls were asked for directions to Rye Town Park.
According to police, the teenagers were walking on Roosevelt Avenue when a man in a white car called out for directions, prompting the girls to cross the street approaching the driver’s side window. When the girls neared, they discovered that the driver was touching his penis and proceeded to harass the 13-year-olds.
The driver reportedly asked the girls if they “had ever seen one of these,” and asked if they’d “like to touch it.” The girls then backed away and the car sped off south on Roosevelt Avenue, turning west on Beck Avenue toward Forest Avenue.
Similarly to last week’s incident, the suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, with short brown hair, freckles and stubbly facial hair. He had a "long, thin face" and his nose was described as “pointy.” He was wearing a navy shirt with an old gray zip-up sweatshirt and dark pants.
The suspect’s car has been described as a Subaru - possibly the WRX model - four-door sedan with a "distinctive" spoiler on the back. Last week’s victim called the car involved in their incident as “tricked out,” and the spoiler was a key detail they recalled to police.
On Tuesday, Rye police released a surveillance screen grab of the suspect’s vehicle that has been disseminated throughout the community.
Monday’s victims said that the interior of the car included a black dashboard with orange lights, a digital dashboard display and gray cloth seats. They spotted a black backpack in the front seat and a black plastic box with a clear top in the rear. The vehicle had New York license plates, a silver plate cover and at least one of the letters on the plate is “G.”
According to Rye Police Commissioner Michael Corcoran, Jr., both incidents are very similar and occurred near Playland Parkway, though he cautions they are investigating all possibilities. They are “following up on several leads” and “the situation is very fluid.”
For the second straight week, Corcoran praised Rye youths for their quick thinking and help in providing police with vivid descriptions to help move the investigation further. He added that there is no reason for an adult to ask a child for directions, and that instances like these are red flags and a cause for concern.
“Children should never approach a vehicle unless they know the person,” he stated. “In today’s day and age, there is no reason that an adult should be asking a child for directions, wanting to show or offer them a puppy, give them candy, offer them money, offer them a train ride or anything else on a public street. Those are always red flags, cause for concern and warrant immediate notification to police.”
Anyone with information about the lewdness incidents can contact the Rye Police Department Detective Division at (914) 967-1234. Anonymous tips can be provided to the Tip Line at (914) 760-4243.