Flasher approaches Washington woman, flees when she pulls out gun, report says

Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, Wash., where a woman reportedly scared off a flasher by brandishing a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2012.

(CBS/AP) LONGVIEW, Wash. - A Longview woman said she pulled out a gun and pointed it at a man who exposed himself near a Washington lake, causing him to flee.

The Daily News of Lower Columbia, Wash., reported that the man approached the 35-year-old woman as she was walking around Lake Sacajawea with her 6-year-old son at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. He reportedly approached her while masturbating, suggesting she should watch him.

Instead, the woman brandished her gun which sent the man.  The woman told the newspaper that she had her son face toward her and she didn't think he knew what was going on.

The man was described as a white male in his early 20s with short dark-blond hair. The victim called police later that evening, saying she was looking at an online database of local sex offenders and believed she recognized the man she saw at the lake.

Longview police detective Kyle Sahim said officers hadn't found the man as of Thursday evening.