Saanich Police warn teenage girls could be a target for bus stop flasher

Three teenage girls report encounters with strange man over the past week

  • Dec. 9, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Saanich Police believe three separate incidents – two of them cases of indecent exposure – were likely committed by the same culprit.

The first incident – which Saanich Police released last week – took place at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 in the 400 block of Boleskine Road. In that case a male suspect entered the bus stop and began asking questions of a vulgar and sexual nature to a teenage girl then exposed his penis and began to masturbate.

The next morning, a similar incident began to unfold at about 8:35 a.m., at a bus stop on Shelbourne Street near McRae Avenue, said Saanich Police Sgt. Steve Eassie.

A female in her teens was sitting alone at the bus stop awaiting arrival of the bus when an unidentified male approached her and began speaking to her in a sexual manner, making lewd and sexually explicit comments.  The female was uncomfortable and disturbed by the comments and was able to board a bus upon its arrival moments later.

“The bus may have come before he could commit the act,” Eassie said.

On Monday at approximately 8:30 p.m. a male followed a teenaged girl up Cedar Hill Road near the intersection to Cedar Hill X Road.

The girl was walking alone and believed she was being watched and followed by the male. At some point, he was able to get in front of her, pull down his pants, and begin to masturbate.

“This time there’s no conversation, but the next thing you know he’s in front of her exposing himself,” Eassie said.

The suspect in all three instances is a Caucasian male around 40 years old, five-foot-seven to five-foot-nine in height with a medium build. One witness said he was clean shaven while another described a beard or some kind of facial hair.

He was wearing a beige-coloured baseball cap and light-coloured jeans in one incident and a dark blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black undershirt and black jogging pants in another.

“There are similarities in physical description, actions and clothing descriptions in all three cases,” Eassie said.  “We cannot definitively connect the three instances at this time.”

Females in their mid-teens, or who appear so, are being advised to remain vigilant and alert. Anyone who may have been approached by the suspect is asked to come forward to police.

“If this happens, people need to let us know about it right away. Any delay and we’re not as likely to find anyone in the area,” Eassie said.

 

Anyone that may have information relating any of these incidents, or who may have information concerning the identity of the suspect, is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).