Suspected flasher arrested

Victims range in age from 6-to-13

UPDATE: Port St. Lucie police say they have a suspect in custody for several lewd and lascivious acts in the city.

Many took place near school bus stops.

According to a police release: Police arrested Michael Kirk (12/01/86) for (3) Felony counts of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition and (1) Misdemeanor Count of Loitering a Prowling.

They say three people identified him through a photo lineup.

He's currently being held on $8,000.00 bond.

EARLIER STORY:

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie Police are on the hunt for a man who's been exposing himself and making lewd remarks to young girls. It's happened five times in the last two -and-a-half months.

Police say the latest incident happened at a school bus stop at SW San Benito Street & SW Sareta Avenue on May 4th. The suspect is described as a man in his twenties or thirties with dark hair. Police believe he was driving a gray or blue minivan or SUV with a license plate ending in "1-9-0."

Officers say victims also described a similar man in incidents happening on SW Hale Street on April 5, SW Dellamano Street and SW Maywall Street on March 10, SW Haleyberry and SW Gagnon Road on March 8 and SW Darwin Boulevard and SW Fig Avenue on February 24.

Police say all five incidents happened near Treasure Coast High School and Windmill Point Elementary School, within a one-and-a-half mile radius. Four of the five incidents were reported at school bus stops.

"That is a great concern," said Tom Nichols, a spokesperson with Port St. Lucie Police, "because we know children do gather near bus stops."

Port St. Lucie parents were keeping a close eye on their children and watching for anything suspicious.

"It's very alarming," said Robert Walker, who has a child at Windmill Point Elementary School. "You have a lot of kids around here, a lot of schools and there are a lot of little ones around. It's very terrifying to have a man doing that kind of thing here."

"It's very disturbing," admitted Sandy Larsen, whose son also attends school at Windmill Point Elementary School.

Port St. Lucie School officials alerted bus drivers and other employees to watch for anything unusual.

"My child is never alone," said Carmen Shakoor, who has a daughter in fourth grade at Windmill Point Elementary, "I drop her off and I pick her up, but obviously I wouldn't want anyone to fool with my child or anyone else's child. It's a huge concern."

If you have any information about the suspect or any of these incidents, call Port St. Lucie Police at 772-871-5001 or Treasure Coast CrimeStoppers at 1-800-273-8477.

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