Man exposes himself, follows female jogger

Man exposes himself, follows female jogger

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A female jogger called Memphis Police Department after a man followed her and exposed himself during her run in Downtown Memphis on Wednesday.

Officers said this is not the first time they've received reports about this. In fact, it's happening the same time of day, and the suspect always matches the same description.

The victim told officers she was out on her morning jog when she encountered the man, now identified by police as 32-year-old Fred James, near Front and Monroe.

The victim said James pulled down his pants several times, exposing himself and making obscene gestures during her morning run. She said the man went as far as even following her.

Officers arrested James a few blocks away on Riverside Drive.

His indecent exposure arrest is one of nearly a half dozen WMC Action News 5 has reported on over the past year in Downtown Memphis.

Chad Chilcutt, owner of Chilcutt's Memphis Mixed Martial Arts, said the female jogger did everything right that morning.

"You've got to pick up on the potential threat whatever it may be. Obviously she saw it so she caught it," he said.

Chilcutt teaches female self-defense classes.

He teaches women the four As: Awareness, Assessment, Avoidance, Attitude.

Awareness and limiting distractions are key to staying safe anywhere you go.

"Be smart when they are out and about walking around in the work area or if they are running, or if they are out in public, or if they are out shopping to pay attention," Chilcutt said.

He also suggests people always run with a friend or with others around.

WMC Action News 5 requested the exact number of indecent exposure reports and arrests over the past year in Downtown Memphis. We are still waiting on those numbers from the Memphis Police Department.

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