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Flasher Exposes Himself in University Village, Remains At Large

Village staff sent out a safety alert Monday about a man who exposed himself to a resident that evening.

[Editor's Note: The following notice went out by email to residents in University Village at 6:36 p.m. Monday. It appears below in full. As of 9 p.m., the flasher had not been detained, according to Village director Tavie Tipton.] 

From the Village Office:

Dear Village Residents:

This afternoon someone claiming to be a Village maintenance man entered an apartment by telling the resident that he needed to "look at a plumbing leak."

He then exposed himself to the resident. She screamed and he ran out of the apartment.

The suspect is described as a white male. We are collecting better information right now, but in the meantime:

1. All maintenance staff wear clothing with their name visible on the shirt.

2. Ask to see their UCB id before allowing anyone into your apartment if you do not know them.

3. Call the Village office if this is during a weekday to verify the  employee works for us. 526-8505 x 210

4. If you are unsure, do not allow them to enter your apartment.

This is the first instance of this happening that anyone here can remember. It is very disturbing to our families as well as our employees. Please warn your neighbors and your family members.

We will send out an update with more specifics as soon as possible. 

Thank you, Tavie Tipton

Tavie Tipton
Associate Director, Family Housing
UC Berkeley

Peggy McQuaid September 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Tavie gives good advice to everyone, living in the Village or not - don't open your door unless you know who is on the other side. Notify the police if you suspect something is wrong.
Lou Judson September 18, 2012 at 03:03 PM
In California, anyone associated with the landlord is required to give 24 hour notice before attempting to enter he presmises of a tenant. All renters should read the laws and know their rights. This once got really weird for me when my landlord became a tenant by renting a room from me when I was renting the house from him... each have certain rights and responsibilities that may conflict. But the excuse about a "plumbing leak" is a good one, considering the pipe involved!
Leilah September 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
This flasher won't "remain at-large" for long, 'cause it's getting colder out there....

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