My mother was in town this past week (she lives in CT) to help my husband and I care for our 1 year old daughter while we both had work commitments (normally my hubby stays home full-time). On June 7 between 11:00 am and 12 noon, my Mom was working in our garden while the baby napped. She was bent over a flower bed at the edge of our property with her back to the sidewalk when someone touched her butt. She turned around to see who it was and a man knelt beside her and started touching the wilted flowers she was planting to make them stand up. At this point my mother could tell the man was mentally handicapped so she wasn't really scared or worried but then he pulled out his penis and started to masturbate in front of her. She politely asked him to go home and when he hesitated she used a more stern, motherly tone (I know it well from my own childhood) and told the man to Go Home! He got up and went down the alley way across from our house. Here is the description she gave me:
He was wearing very baggy clothes and at first looked like a teenager but when he knelt down beside her she could see he was older. She thought late 30s to early 40s.
He had short hair and was about 5' 6" at the most. Very small build.
He spoke in a foreign language - she thought it might be spanish.
My mom didn't report this incident to the police because she never felt threatened and actually just felt sorry for the man because she could tell he was mentally ill or at least something wasn't quite right with his mental capacity. I thought she actually handled the situation quite well because if she had freaked out who knows what this man might have done.
I just thought I should post this information to the Brookland and MPD-5 listserves so folks can be made aware of this incident and keep an eye out for this person.
Thanks for listening,
Heather Phipps on 15th (between Hamlin and Irving)
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