Sheriff’s office investigates lewd acts in preserve

Four cases of lewd acts in Robinson Preserve, 9900 block of 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, are being investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release from Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube.

According to Steube, a man exposed himself on four occasions between Sept. 7 and Sept. 27. The ages of the victims range from 18 to 40.

On Sept. 7, a female riding her bike reported a man was standing near a bridge. As she rode by, the man turned toward her and exposed himself.

About two hours later a female reported a man fitting a similar description exposed himself as he was riding by on his bicycle.

On Sept. 15, a female, who was running through the preserve, reported a man on a bicycle exposed himself, and on Sept. 27, a man sitting on a bench exposed himself to another female.

The descriptions of the man varied somewhat, but according to the report, law enforcement believes it to be a man described as a light-skinned, 20-35 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a thin to medium build.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call MCSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 2517, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.