PARKER, Colo. - Parker police are warning parents about a man who they say exposed himself and tried to lure children at an area apartment complex.
The incidents occurred on three separate occasions at the Parker Hilltop Apartments near Parker and Hilltop roads, according to the Parker Police Department.
Officers said a man of the same description attempted to lure kids on June 16 and June 23, and then exposed himself to a child on June 24. Police said they are worried his behavior will continue to escalate.
"That's absolutely one of our biggest concerns," said Officer Sherry Corcoran. "We need to get him identified so this doesn't elevate further."
7NEWS talked to children and their parents involved in the June 23 incident. It started as three young girls were playing in front of their apartments.
"My friends and I saw a man walking back and forth constantly staring at us," said an 8-year-old girl, whose mother requested she not be identified. "I had a skirt on and my friends had shorts. And he was telling my friends to pull down their shorts and telling me to pull up my skirt."
The girls ran away and told the nearest adult.
"I didn’t want to go near him because I thought he was going to do something," the girl said.
The girl's mother and other parents at the complex said their kids are no longer allowed to play outside unless an adult is with them, and for the most part, they are keeping them inside.
Word seems to have spread because 7NEWS spotted only a few children outside on Wednesday.
"All our kids are outside -- scooters, bikes, baseball, the park. I don’t see any of that going on right now," said mother Natalie Clark.
Police said the children described the suspect as a man with a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic. He was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds with dark hair and a muscular build. The man was seen wearing black sunglasses, black surfer-style shorts and a navy blue shirt.
Police said they are working on a composite sketch.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call the Parker Police Department at 303-841-9800.