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Pillowcase flasher seen on Vine Street

In separate incidents Aug. 3, two women taking early-morning walks along Vine Street reported seeing a man with a pillowcase over his head staring at them. One of the women reported the man exposed himself to her. The other said the man stood over her on a retaining wall with a rock in his hand.

The first incident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Vine Street and Spruce Drive at the entrance to the Jacobson's Woods neighborhood. The woman was walking her dog along a retaining wall. The dog was barking and agitated, but the woman didn't pay much attention until she heard a rock hit the pavement of the street. She looked around and saw a man above her on the wall holding a rock. She said the man was dressed in dark shorts and a light-colored T-shirt. His face was covered by a blue hood, probably a pillowcase, with holes cut in it for his eyes. The woman immediately fled the area. When she reported the incident several hours later, she told police that she thought the man may have been frightened by her dog.

Another woman reported seeing what appears to be the same man 20 minutes later at 5:50 a.m. in the 700 block of Vine Street. Wearing similar clothing and the same pillowcase mask, the woman said this time the man exposed himself to her as she walked by the area. She too quickly fled the area and contacted police.

The Hudson Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone seeing the man is urged to contact police immediately. Anyone with information about these incidents or the suspect can contact police at (715) 386-4771.

Meg Heaton can be reached at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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