Police search for fake construction worker accused of flashing woman in Brooklyn

EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn– Police are searching for a man posing as a construction worker who allegedly flashed himself to a woman inside a Brooklyn building's elevator last Monday.

A 24-year-old was walking into a building near Humboldt and Seigel streets around 10 a.m. when a man in a yellow hard hat followed her into an elevator and pulled down his pants before exposing himself, the NYPD said. He then ran away in an unknown direction.

Residents are hoping they catch him fast.

In East Williamsburg, PIX11 showed locals the culprit's photo. No one recognized his face but were united in disgust.

"That's ridiculous," one woman said.

For some, the thought of entering the elevator has them thinking twice about it.

"Yeah definitely," another woman said. "I feel bad for whoever had to go through that."

"If this happened to my mother and sister there would definitely be a problem," Tavar Johnson said.

He says this is the last thing the neighborhood needs.

"They need more people to speak up and say this is not right," he said.

Debjani Roy is the deputy director of Hollaback!, a non-profit that gives women who've been harassed a voice. Roy was especially concerned as to how the individual was dressed, posing a construction worker in order to deceive.

"We're trying to debunk the myth that its construction workers who harass women on the streets," Roy said. "People from all different backgrounds harass women on the streets and we want to make that very clear. So the fact he took advantage of that is really frightening."

He is described to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall. In addition to wearing a yellow hat, he was last seen wearing white sneakers, gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).