‘Flasher’ caught with his pants down
The “Moundsville Flasher” is up to his old tricks, but this time his alleged crimes were committed in Tyler and Wetzel counties.
Brody Ray Ostrander, 19, of Proctor, was arrested Tuesday evening after an eye-witness reported that a man, who was naked from the waist down, walked out in front of her car as she was traveling south along W.Va. 18 near Kidwell.
Deputies were immediately dispatched to the area. While en route, they bypassed a vehicle matching the description given by the witness on Main Street in Middlebourne. They turned and initiated a traffic stop on Wick Road.
Tyler County Sheriff Earl P. “Bob” Kendle Jr. commented, “As they were approaching the vehicle, the deputies noticed the driver was naked from the waist down.” This finding corroborated the story given to law enforcement by the witness to the crime.
Ostrander was arrested and charged with one count of indecent exposure. He was arraigned Tuesday evening in front of Tyler County Magistrate Mike Griffin, who set his bond at $20,000.
Unable to post bond, Ostrander was remanded to the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, W.Va.
While still incarcerated for the first count in Tyler County, Ostrander was charged by the sheriff’s office with a second count of indecent exposure. According to reports, a half-dressed man confronted a woman who was jogging along W.Va. 18 south of Middlebourne on June 30. Sheriff Kendle says the woman has positively identified Ostrander as the suspect in this case.
But the charges do not stop there. New Martinsville Police Department Investigator Donnie Harris says Ostrander is a “person of interest” in another incident which allegedly occurred in New Martinsville on July 16. He said at 5:03 p.m. a call came in to the NMPD reporting a flasher in the 400 block of Martin Avenue, between North and Virginia streets. There were three witnesses to that incident, one adult and two children. Charges in that case are currently pending.
Harris has suspicions that there could be more incidents in New Martinsville. Anyone with any information or witnesses to other incidents of indecent exposure are encouraged to call the NMPD at 304-455-9100.
This was not Ostrander’s first brush with law enforcement. In fact, he earned the nickname the “Moundsville Flasher” after he was arrested in Marshall County for indecent exposure in April 2010.
The charge was the result of an investigation by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department after a driver on W.Va. 2 reported a man exposing himself along the roadway.
At 4:56 p.m. April 13, 2010, Marshall County 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman reporting she was flashed by a man, who jumped out of a vehicle at he Old Ferry Landing, according to the report.
The woman told investigators that a few minutes earlier she had driven past a car with a male driver that had stopped at the intersection of Fish Creek Road, the report states. After she passed the vehicle, the woman said the driver pulled out and passed her car. The driver then pulled off the road, “got out of his car and flashed her,” the woman said.
When deputies arrived, the vehicle had already fled the scene. The woman was able to give officers a partial license plate number and a description of the vehicle. According to the report, the man was driving an early ’90s model, dark green Monte Carlo.
Two additional charges were brought against Ostrander in May 2010, stemming from similar crimes which allegedly occurred in January and March of that year.
On Jan. 27, 2010, a woman jogging on First Street observed a dark, late-’90s model Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a white male driver, the report states. The woman told investigators she continued jogging and was passed by the car a second time.
When the woman turned onto Pine Avenue, she saw the driver standing outside the vehicle with no shoes or pants on and a T-shirt pulled over his head, the report states.
The woman was able to give investigators a license plate number for the vehicle.
Then at 6:41 p.m. March 10, 2010, Moundsville police dispatchers received a call from a woman saying a man had just exposed himself to her 12-year-old daughter and a friend. That incident occurred near the intersection of Center Street and Hickory Avenue, according to reports.
The two girls told police they were playing basketball on Hickory Avenue when they saw a man across the alley. They said he had his pants pulled down and was watching them, the criminal complaint states.
A city employee who was in the area before the alleged flashing was a able to give police a license plate number and a description of the vehicle. That information matched the vehicle that had been seen in the January incident, the report states.