Suspected serial flasher arrested in Benton Township

Southwest Michigan
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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police believe a man arrested for allegedly flashing a woman at a Hartford gas station may be responsible for several similar incidents in Southwest Michigan.

Eldra Lee Thomas was formally charged Friday with aggravated indecent exposure.

Hartford police arrested him Thursday night in Benton Township, a day after the flashing incident at the Shell gas station on County Road 687, just north of I-94.

Thomas is a person of interest in at least two other flashing incidents from last month in Berrien Springs and Niles. However, police tell 24 Hour News 8 he may be involved in as many as five incidents.

In every case, the suspect would call a woman over to his vehicle and then expose himself.

Thomas was taken into custody after police released a gas station surveillance image of the suspect’s vehicle.

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