OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Parents in in part of Osceola County say they’re afraid to let their children walk to school now that investigators say a serial flasher may have struck their neighborhood a fifth time.
Thursday investigators released a sketch of the man they said tried to lure young girls into his car as they walked to school along west Carroll Street in Kissimmee.
All the cases happened in that general area, near a church and a couple of schools.
The most recent case happened Thursday morning.
A 15-year-old was heading to her bus stop when deputies said a man in a white four-door car pulled up next to her and asked her to perform a sex act.
“Initially he asked if she wanted a ride,” Twis Lizasuain, with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, said. “She declined the ride. He started making lewd remarks at her and then asked her to perform a sex act.”
Investigators said the girl ran home and told her parents, who immediately called the Sheriff’s Office.
The situation has put many parents in the neighborhood on edge.
“It’s making me feel that my kids are not safe,” said parent Ykrania Castillo. “It made me a little bit scared.”
Deputies believe the man could be behind five different incidents that date back to August.
All of the incidents happened within a few blocks of each other and around the same time students start walking to nearby Osceola High School.
Channel 9’s Kenneth Craig reached out to a sexual violence therapist who said the crimes have the potential to develop into something worse.
“It’s someone that can be very dangerous that we have to be on the lookout for,” said Theresa Zephirin with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. “There are ones we really have to be careful with and those are the ones that do it and start involving themselves in other sexual crimes like child molestation and pedophilia.”
They said during Thursday’s incident, the alleged flasher drove away in a four-door white car, which is apparently different from the other incidents.