YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- Several area law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to find a man who is pretending to be a Good Samaritan, but in reality is attempting to use the situation to flash them.
The most recent incident happened on Sunday in Rock Hill at the Goodwill store on Mt. Gallant Road. A woman who did not want her identity known said she went inside the store to shop, and then an African American walked up to her asking about her car.
"I was there maybe 10 minutes and a man came up to me asked if I drove a certain car...," said the mother of two young children, "When I went outside there was a puddle of fluid under my car. He said, ‘don’t worry I'm a mechanic.’"
He then asked her to move the car to another, more secluded, part of the parking lot-- which she did. She said he told her he didn't want to get in trouble for working on a car in the parking lot of the store.
He then told her to reach under the back seat and pull wires to "release a valve for the transmission fluid”. She complied as he stood behind her. She said she was so intent on doing what he said that she never turned around. She said the man said some inappropriate things to her and each time she tried to leave he became agitated. She was finally able to leave after she received a call from her mother.
On at least two other occasions a man matching the same description doing the same thing, reportedly exposed himself in front of the woman as they were bending down in their car.
The York County Sheriff's Office, the Rock Hill Police Department and CMPD are all investigating similar cases of this unknown man.
"It's important that we get him off the street and in custody as soon as possible" said York County Sheriff Spokesperson Trent Faris.