LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A man who was exposing himself took off running after a Longview woman pulled out a gun and pointed it at him.
Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday the woman was at Lake Sacajawea with her 6-year-old son and a dog when a man approached her aggressively while masturbating and suggested she should watch him.
Instead the woman grabbed her gun, a Ruger .380. She's never carried it to the park, she told the paper, but fog and darkness prompted her to bring it.
My son was facing me in my stroller and I had the magazine in my gun, but it wasnt locked in place, she said. So I locked it in place and cocked it and pointed it at him and told him he had five seconds and I was going to shoot him.
Longview police detective Kyle Sahim said officers had not found the man Thursday evening but were investigating several suspects.
The flasher was described as a white male in his early 20s with short dark-blond hair.
The victim called police later in the evening, saying she was looking at an online database of local sex offenders and believed she recognized the man she saw at the lake.
He is also a suspect in an exposure incident at Winco and an apartment complex.