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Another naked man sighted in Shandon

The area where the July 7 incident happened. The area where the July 7 incident happened.
A SLED sketch of the suspect in the January 29 incident. (Source: Columbia Police Department) A SLED sketch of the suspect in the January 29 incident. (Source: Columbia Police Department)

After several months of inactivity in the relatively quiet Columbia neighborhood, another runner has reported seeing a naked man in Shandon.

Jenn Covington and her girlfriend were running near a vacant house at the corner of Heyward Street and S. Walker Street Saturday morning around 8:30 when they noticed something strange.

"She turned her head to say something to me," said Covington, "She saw him first."

"Did you see what that guy was doing?" asked Jenn's running partner.

They stopped in their tracks to realize that the man was standing with his shorts down and performing a lewd act on himself.

At that point, Jenn says her emotions took over. "I was just so mad," said Covington. She did not retreat, but instead turned around and ran toward him. "I gotta get something on him," she said.

"He pulled up his pants and hightailed it to his car and sped out as fast as he could," said Covington. She could not see a license plate on the mid-90's white SUV, but did say he took off so quickly the back end fishtailed as he drove away.

As she was chasing him, she was also calling the Columbia Police Department, remembering similar reports of naked men exposing themselves to other women in the area.

Covington described the man as white and standing 5'10-6'0 with short, dark hair. She said he was slim with a fit body. He had blue and white shorts on with a gray shirt over his face.

Indecent exposure incidents were also reported in the same area in mid-to-late December 2011 and in early January 2012.

In those incidents, a naked man was seen performing a lewd act upon himself while women were jogging on several streets in the Shandon and Heathwood neighborhoods between the hours of 5:30 and 6:45 a.m.

Victims described that man as being white between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, approximately 5' 8" tall, weighing between 150-180 pounds with a medium build. They also said he may have a "low haircut" or is possibly balding.

A January 29 report places a nude man in a car on Monroe Street.

The female victim reported seeing the man in a silver sedan, possibly a Honda or Prius, around 4:45 p.m. while she was jogging in the neighborhood.

According to the victim in that case, the man allegedly asked her for directions.

The victim says when she approached the vehicle she noticed that the man was naked from the waist down and was fondling himself and then he drove away.

The men in the December and January incidents are described a bit differently than the person in the most recent case.

The driver is described as white, possibly between the ages of 30 to 40 years old and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

Police are still investigating all of the incidents. It is unclear if any of them are connected.

Police Chief Randy Scott says this is no laughing matter.

"This may be someone who is doing this now, but that cannot be tolerated. That cannot be tolerated in the community and we have to make sure that that person is taken off the street," said Scott in February.

Covington says it's a shame that people in the area feel threatened, but she's not altering her running plans. She went back the very next day to look for the man.

"I'm hoping to see him again so I can catch him," said Covington.

If you know anything about this incident of any of the other indecent exposure incidents, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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