Cobb Police arrest Marietta suspect in park flashing
by MDJ staff
May 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 4627 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb Police say they have found the man who reportedly exposed himself to two female college students at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on Tuesday.

Detective K. Gardner researched and found a possible suspect in this case. Police showed up at the residence of 34-year-old William John Jacobson in Dallas with an arrest warrant between 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday. They interviewed him, and he reportedly confessed to the crime, according to Cobb police.

He was taken into custody and charged with public indecency and simple battery.

He had initially fled the scene of the confrontation with the women in a red Ford dually pickup truck. The incident occurred Tuesday near 750 Cheatham Hill Road.

The two women, both college students, were reportedly walking in the national park when they saw a man standing at the wood line, nude from the waist down and fondling himself. The man then charged the two women, knocking one of them to the ground.

One of the women chased after her attacker and was able to get a good look at his face and the truck that he was driving. She then called 911 and gave the description to authorities, which helped a GBI artist to sketch a composite drawing that very closely resembled Jacobson.

“My hat is off to the two ladies,” Nancy Walther, park superintendent, said Wednesday. “She chased him down and called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle.”

Michael Bowman with Cobb Police said that the agency had increased patrols of the park and parking areas. The National Park rangers also posted the sketch and photos of the red truck at every trail head in the park.

Walther said the park is patrolled by both Cobb County Police and specially trained rangers.

Tuesday’s incident was the first of a criminal nature this year at the park, Walther said.

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Danny Llewallyn
May 06, 2013
Great job young ladies. Too bad you didn't catch him and kick him in the groin, but the police caught him, so he'll get some punishment.
John Evens
June 19, 2013
I too was arrested for a crime I did not commit. This man was exonerated of all the charges yet the article is still up?????
May 03, 2013
This is a good lesson to all young ladies to try and walk/hike with a buddy. For years I've wanted to jog on the trails on weekday mornings, but have resisted the temptation, knowing how alone one really can be on the trails. I believe more happens than we know.
Butler Reynolds
May 03, 2013
“My hat is off to the two ladies,” Nancy Walther, park superintendent, said Wednesday.

What is it about Kennesaw Mountain that makes people want to undress?
close the roads
May 03, 2013
Whitlock and Burnt Hickory should both be shut down permanently by the NPS so Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is not interrupted twice by dangerous roads bringing West Cobb perverts into the City of Marietta for their dirty, dirty deeds. Cars did not exist during the Civil War, so they should not exist in the Civil War park.
West Cobb Mom
May 03, 2013
Because of course perverts can't walk, they can only drive.
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