Multiple sources: Flasher on Maui is a police officer
PUKALANI, MAUI (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Multiple sources tell Hawaii News Now the man accused of exposing himself on Maui over the weekend is a Maui County police officer.
The incidents happened near an Upcountry elementary school, a shopping center, and a park.
Police confirm five separate sexual assault in the fourth degree cases were initiated, but witnesses are upset because they say nothing has been done.
On Saturday, a green Toyota SUV was seen driving around Pukalani with a yellow cloth over its license plate.
Police confirm they got numerous reports that the driver exposed himself to people while masturbating several times.
One caller, who asked to remain anonymous, says the man came to his house on Saturday and started yelling at one of his family members.
"And motioning with his hands for them to come over and when she refused, he kind of angled his car in the road and opened his door and he was butt naked and masturbating," the caller said.
The caller said the man drove off, but they couldn't get his license plate number because it was covered.
"Then he proceeded to go up to the park at Pukalani school and there were kids there, kids that I know, he exposed himself to them, doing the same thing," he said.
Maui Police Department released a statement saying, “On 05/30/15 beginning at approximately 1251 hours, police received numerous calls regarding a male exposing his genitals and masturbating in a vehicle in the Pukalani Terrace parking lot and the parking lot for the Hannibal Tavares Community Center. Callers described the male to be in his 40s to 50s, approximately 200 lbs., driving a green colored Toyota 4Runner. Investigators are pursuing a possible lead provided by at least one of the callers. Five separate Sex. Assault IV cases were initiated and the investigation is ongoing.”
"Police know who he is. They were given positive ID, he's been positively identified through photos and other means, through his Facebook page, his license plate," said the anonymous caller.
"If it wasn't a police officer I'm sure this person would be locked up, there would be no bail, especially with children being involved," the caller said.
The caller says he just wants the Maui Police Department to do the right thing
"He should be held to a higher standard because he is the keeper, he's here to protect the community, he's here to uphold the law."
"Everybody hears that a police officer will protect their own, that's not their job, their job is to protect the community and the people that they're supposed to serve and I just hope that they take this very seriously and they do what's right."
We're told the man may be experiencing some kind of mental breakdown.