Sorry, this is going to be kind of long. The short version is I want to know if any other women have experienced this creepy guy on a bike following you around the park, usually after dark. He might be deaf, is small, and might stop to um, pleasure himself.
My friend and I have both been followed by a small male (maybe 5 feet or a little over and thin) on a bike in the park and I think it started during last winter. I think we kind of dismissed him because the men (we think there were two regulars) who masturbated in front of women at off-leash in the morning were so much more invasive. (Repeated attempts were made by some to get the cops to do anything about these guys, one in Long Meadow and one in the Vale of Cashmere).
Anyway, with the recent sexual attacks, we are wondering if this guy is another harasser. My friend has been followed by him a ton when she's walking her dog in Long Meadow anywhere from near to well after dark. He follows you (woman with not many around) on his bike and at times seems to stop to masturbate, though it's dark and hard to see everything. The last time I was being followed by him (walking my dog along Lullwater), he finally ditched me to stop and closely watch two teens that were having sex on the path. We feel that he isn't quite all there--there seems to be no way to really communicate with him.
He doesn't try to hide that he's following you--he stays close, watches you, and even circles around and sticks with you until you leave or go somewhere crowded. We've never been able to find a cop nearby when this is happening and aren't sure it calls for a 911 call.
If this is happening to other women (and it surely is), maybe we can all get together and get the cops to do something about it. He doesn't seem totally harmless.