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Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 10:51 a.m.

Serial flasher strikes again? Canoeists report man wearing hat - but not clothes - at Bandemer Park

By Kyle Feldscher

Two women canoeing on the Huron River in Bandemer Park endured an unwelcome sight on Wednesday when a senior man wearing nothing but a hat revealed himself, police said.

Ann Arbor police Sgt. Earl Fox said the indecent exposure was reported at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near the park located on North Main Street.

The man is believed to be the same person who exposed himself to three women in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area in incidents reported late last month, Fox said.

“The investigation is continuing and we don’t know for sure if it is him,” Fox said. “The assumption can be made, but we’re not sure.”

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said in May that police were investigating whether the elderly man who danced in the nude in front of two women canoeing in Furstenberg Nature Area and flashed a runner in Gallup Park was the same man suspected of revealing himself in the same area during 2011.

The man has been described as white, between 60 and 80 years old, with gray hair, according to police.

Ann Arbor schools officials sent out an alert to parents last fall after a man was spotted repeatedly revealing himself on Fuller Road near Huron High School. Police said the same man was a suspect in at least five cases, when runners and drivers in the area reported seeing way too much of the man.

Anyone with information of the incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

Why does the Detroit FreePress report an arrest has been made, but nothing in the local rag? Son of researcher William Masters arrested resulting from an undercover sting operation.

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

glimmertwin: We're aware of the arrest and have asked Ann Arbor police if this is in any way related to our cases here in Ann Arbor. So far, we have no indication Mr. Masters is a suspect in the Ann Arbor cases. I will be following up on this.


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

Humans... the only species on Earth afraid of looking at our natural body.


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 6 p.m.

Reminds me of the movie Hair!


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

HonestAbe... I can't believe you would threaten an elderly man with violence just because he was dancing around naked. If it were a 20 year old beautiful woman I bet you wouldn't have any issue with it at all.

Jimmy McNulty

Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 1:12 p.m.

The only image that comes to mind is the actor who played Old Blue from the movie Old School!


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 7:28 p.m.

Maybe he's an environmentally concientious artist giving a show in "living sculpure" because it's good for the environment because all that marble doesn't have to be mined and transported. Or he's stuck in the 70's when "streaking" was popular.


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 7:26 p.m.

His birthday suit needs ironing!

Ron Granger

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

Serial flasher? Wouldn't that make him more like a blinker?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

We need to have more of a description. My daughter reported seeing a senior gentleman in the park last week, with long flowing white hair. Quite distinctive. He had his clothes on when she saw him. Since several people have seen this senior flasher, a better description would help. Tall, short, fat, thin, long hair, short hair, etc.


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

Sounds like you are talking about a higher being? Angelic?

Honest Abe

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

Just to remind you folks....Flashing is a felony. It is also a crime that will land you on the Sex Offender list. I am shocked at how many of you, think it is no big deal, or it is no big deal because the perp may be older. I do not want MY children seeing this man, I do not want MY wife seeing this man. I do not want to see this man! Anybody who thinks any different, needs a lobotomy. And to answer your question Craig Lounsbury - What would I do, if I caught him? Take a wild guess!


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 4:54 p.m.

Wild Guess?


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

SO I need a lobotomy because I'm not freaked out to the point of violence by nudity? Geez. Get a grip man. Do you confront everything you disapprove of with violence? That's a great lesson to teach your children, and I certainly hope your wife never does anything you disapprove of.


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 11:49 a.m.

Honest Abe - tough on old flashers and homeless people.


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 11:14 a.m.

KMHall no question he's not right, and whether or not I would harm him would depend on him and how peacefully he whated to wait for the police.


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 11:19 p.m.

Are you guys going to harm him before finding out whether he is demented or mentally ill?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

I'm with you Abe, he had better hope the police catch him before a concerned parent does.


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

I am confident when the whole story is known it will be seen as much ado about nothing much

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

Doesn't say much for the flasher, now, does it? ;)


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

Did he dance and do a moon walk?


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

So, where did his GPS point towards?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

People get so hung up about nudity. It's a wrinkly old man, and he's unarmed. jeez. Move along and ignore him.


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 7:02 p.m.

How do we know this is a harmless old man. Anybody remember that harmless clown that did childrens parties? I think his name was John Wayne Gacy, he was just a clown.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

I don't really put it up there with bank robery/assault. If you don't like it... don't look.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

Maybe someone should just [point] him toward the nearest nudist camp.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:16 p.m.

Anybody know where I can rent a canoe? I'll stand up and flash him right back! THEN we'll see who runs!

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

maybe he was just hot...


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.

As Sharon Osborne said it on AGT? I love my men very dirty.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Gee Whiz... some of us LIKE old men!


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Hot? Hot in what way? ; )


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

Ain't nothing but what God gave me!


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.

Especially in this heat.


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

As a runner always armed with pepper spray, my first shot would be to the lower region and then the face if I was ever approached by old, naked man.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:38 p.m.

@SPM and Facebook too?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

I'm afraid my first reaction would be to point and laugh. Then I'd get my camera out and send his picture to the police.

Honest Abe

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:48 p.m.

Dear Serial Flasher: I know you are reading this. You enjoy the 'publicity' as much as doing the despicable acts that you're carrying out. The day is going to come around, where you will get caught. You better hope it is the police that catch you too!


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 4:31 p.m.

"You better hope it is the police that catch you too!" huh? because what would happen if "Honest Abe" caught him?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

Ain't it a beaut!


Fri, Jun 29, 2012 : 5:11 p.m.

Need the binoculars?


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

"You can leave your hat on!"

Scotty Jo

Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:35 p.m.

Hey, I'll take this over a bank robbery or mugging any day. Let's focus on the positive side: he seems to be having fun!


Thu, Jun 28, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

This is part of the Public Performance Art program. The program doesn't have any funding yet but he's been willing to do it for free. There are plans for the knit-bombers to modify his costume, however.