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Witness describes indecent exposure incident at Short North bar

A young woman says she witnessed a man exposing himself last week at a bar in the Short North.

A young woman says she witnessed a man exposing himself last week at a bar in the Short North.

She's encouraging the community to "see something, say something" with hopes the suspect will be caught.

At a popular hang out in the Short North, two friends decided to grab dinner last Monday night.

The two sat down at a table in the back of Standard Hall.

That's when a man walked into the bar.

"He was sitting on top of the table and was, appearing to be on a phone call," the witness said.

The woman didn't want to be identified, but she did want to share her story to encourage anyone else who might have seen something, to say something.

She told 10TV what she saw over the phone.

"He began exposing himself and then he continued to do so and moved to a different table so he was more obscure, but I could still him and he continued to do that," she said.

When the woman went to tell Standard Hall employees what happened, she says the man ran off.

"I was correct to feel uncomfortable and correct to notify someone about what I was seeing. That's the most important thing I realized is that I was totally in the right to feel uncomfortable and anyone who sees that should definitely tell someone,"' she said.

The witness called police shortly after.

"I just figured if it happened to me, it probably happened to other people," she said.

Columbus Police responded to two more reports of public indecency the same night.

According to reports, one woman saw a man touching himself while inside Yellow Brick Pizza.

Another woman said a man exposed himself to her at Bodega.

"I want to give as much information as possible so other people in a similar situation feel comfortable telling someone and you know, the police are able to find him," the witness said.

Columbus Police haven't said if these incidents are connected and investigators are still looking for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, between ages 30 and 40.

He was last seen wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, and gray sweatpants.

If you have any information call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.