Denver Thong Bandit: Who Is The Man That Disrobes, Exposes Himself In Pink Underwear?
A Denver "thong bandit" has been running amuck in northwest Denver, exposing himself to women after stripping down to nothing but a thong, according to reports.
"We're looking for an individual who we have titled the 'Thong Bandit,'" said District 1 Commander Paul Pazen to 9News. "He is fully clothed somewhere in the mouth of an alley, will disrobe down to a thong and expose himself further in front of female citizens in northwest Denver."
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Pazen said that the Denver thong bandit was first seen at the end of the summer, but hasn't caused a stir for the last several months. Recently, though, according to the Arizona Republic, there have been four reports of him exposing himself again in the Sloan's Lake area in the last two weeks: once on Feb. 17 and Feb, 18th. As a result, Denver Police have assembled teams of officers to look for him.
"It's a crime to expose yourself to folks," Pazen said. "We need to make sure that he doesn't take that next step."
Police said that the color of the Denver thong bandit's thong has changed over time. Initially, they were looking for someone wearing a pink thong, but the most recent report indicates that the thong is now black or a dark color.
"It's really difficult for people to process what they see in something like this [case]," Pazen said. "This is not something that is typical behavior, and it was difficult for us to get somebody that detailed enough information of this person's face in order to help us with the sketch."
Police also have a description and a sketch of the Denver thong bandit: a white or a Hispanic man, approximately 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, in his 20s or 30s with black or darker-colored hair and an athletic built.
Nevertheless, one reason that it has taken a while to catch the Denver thong bandit is that people don't report seeing him right away, police said. One woman, Pazen said, saw the man on her way to work but called only police after she came home.
"If you see this individual disrobing or putting clothing on [in] an alley, and you can do it safely, we'd always ask you call 911 first, and if you have the ability to utilize the camera on the smart phone that would aid us greatly identifying this individual for future apprehension," Pazen said.
For now, police are using what's called predictive analysis, or trying to figure out where the Denver thong bandit is going next.
"We look for patterns -- day of week, time of day, weather conditions - to see if we could guess when an individual will try to perpetrate a crime," Pazen said. "It's very difficult to try to guess what a human being is thinking, and here, those challenges are even greater when you have somebody who thinks it's OK to run around in a thong."
Information on the Denver thong bandit that leads to an arrest and charges could make someone eligible for a cash reward. To report the Denver thong bandit, call CrimeStoppers at (720) 913 - STOP.
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