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Hofstra University warns about flasher near Hempstead campus

A safety alert has been emailed to the Hofstra University community warning that a male flasher has been seen in the area of the Hempstead campus, a college representative said Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Karla Schuster said the the warning was issued Tuesday about incidents reported to Hofstra’s Department of Public Safety.

It was not immediately clear when the incidents occurred.

Schuster said the Nassau County and Hempstead Village police departments have been notified and have increased patrols in the area but information was not immediately available from either agency about the incidents.

“A male individual has been committing lewd acts in a car off-campus, in the vicinity of the entrance gates off of Hamilton Road,” the safety alert said.

The suspect is described as 20 to 30 years old and he has been seen sitting in a dark-colored sedan, the alert added.

“He has been approaching women walking alone during the mid-day hours, asking for directions onto campus,” the alert said. “When the person responds, he then will expose himself.”

The Hofstra University Department of Public Safety recommended the following precautions in the alert:

• Wherever you are, stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

• Avoid walking alone, especially at night. Use the campus or night shuttle or request an escort if on campus by contacting the Department of Public Safety at 516-463-6606.

• Know where you are going and walk quickly and confidently to your destination.

• Avoid carrying unnecessary items.

• Immediately report suspicious behavior and activity to the Department of Public Safety at 516-463-6789 or the police by calling 911.

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