A man in a thong has been running around, exposing himself and terrorising neighbourhoods around Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado. "We're looking for an individual who we have titled the 'Thong Bandit,'" District 1 Commander Paul Pazen said. "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."
Pazen says the man was first seen at the end of the summer, and has been quiet for several months, but there have been four reports of him exposing himself again in the last two weeks. Denver Police have assembled teams of officers to look for this man. "It's a crime to expose yourself to folks," Pazen said. "We need to make sure that he doesn't take that next step."
The underwear colour has changed over time, police say. Initially they were looking for somebody wearing a pink thong, most recent report indicate the thong is now black, or a dark colour. Detectives are looking for a white or a Hispanic man, in his 20s or 30s. He has black or darker-coloured hair, with an athletic built, and is approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall.
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For now, police are using predictive analysis, trying to figure out where he 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."