Runners warn others of man they say exposed himself during their morning run

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Whether they are just getting fresh air or training for this month's Rocket City Marathon, there are many runners who use downtown Huntsville as their training ground. While it is a beautiful environment, Lindsey Hardesty said there is a man making ugly and obscene gestures.

Running alone never bothered her before, but after Tuesday's incident, she knows a running buddy is important.

"He was driving a silver Dodge Neon, early 2000s model," Hardesty explained. "We realized that we were being followed, and it was within a very short period of about half a mile. As he approached us, I looked over and into the car, I had an unobstructed view, and I realized that he did not have both hands on the wheel and he did not have his pants where they should have been."

Lindsey Hardesty, left, and Loralei Oswald, right, reported the incident to Huntsville Police. (Courtney Crown/WHNT News 19)

Lindsey Hardesty, left, and Loralei Oswald, right, reported the incident to Huntsville Police. (Courtney Crown/WHNT News 19)

Hardesty said it all happened at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Street. She noticed the familiar silver Dodge Neon but nothing about the man's physical features.

"Of course I didn't get a very good look at his face because other things were exposed," Hardesty said.

Lt. Stacy Bates with Huntsville Police Department said he checked for calls and reports from the area over the past 10 days, but only Hardesty called to report this incident. However, the department said it takes every alert seriously.

"We got a call about 9:00 in the morning, it was reported over the phone," Lt. Bates said. "We'll extra patrol that area. I know the supervisors that work that side of town have already told me they'll issue an extra patrol for their officers to be more aware, more alert."

As for Hardesty and her friends, they said they plan to keep moving forward. "I need to be able to hear things, be more observant and definitely please remember that there's safety in numbers, it's easy to forget that. Don't be scared, just run prepared."

Lt. Bates encourages anyone who feels unsafe to call the Huntsville Police Department. He also said if this man is caught and found guilty, he could face a minimum charge of indecent exposure.

The incident happened Tuesday morning at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Street in downtown Huntsville.