He was masturbating in his car while parked on campus. Now cops are looking for him


An incident of lewd conduct was reported Friday afternoon at Western Washington University, but the suspect description doesn’t seem to match that of the peeper and voyeur who’s been linked to about two dozen such incidents since late summer.

University Police issued an alert via text message and email at 1:48 p.m., describing a report of a man masturbating in a car parked in a south campus lot about an hour earlier.

A witness said he was parked in his car in Lot 12A when the suspect pulled alongside at 12:44 p.m., according to the Western alert.

“The other man was wearing no pants and was masturbating,” police said. “The suspect looked up and saw the reporting party, then immediately drove off toward Bill McDonald Parkway.”

Police said the suspect was white, with silver-white hair and possibly blue eyes. He was middle-aged with stubble on his face and was wearing a green zip-up sweater.

The suspect was driving an older-model silver BMW, with a partial Washington state license plate No. of BBS57.

Anyone with information about Friday’s incident or any of the other cases is asked to call 911 or 360-650-3911.

A suspect described as a white man in his 20s with dark hair has been linked to nearly two dozen cases of indecent exposure or voyeurism on campus or in surrounding neighborhoods, starting in summer 2017.

No related incidents have been reported on campus since early December and no suspect has been identified or arrested, a WWU official said Friday.

“Certainly, the ones on campus, it sounds like this was a different suspect,” said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.

Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley said a suspect has not been identified or arrested in the string of voyeurism and indecent exposure incidents, and that Friday’s incident at Western isn’t connected to last year’s incidents.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty