Vancouver police are asking upwards of 60 women who may have been victims in a brazen case of public voyeurism to come forward.
The case stems from a string of incidents that happened between July 6 and 18, when 28-year-old Vancouver native Trevor Kurjata is alleged to have masturbated in front of dozens of young women and girls.
Kurjata was arrested near Macdonald Street and West 17th Avenue on July 18, and officers found 30 videos on his cellphone in which Kurjata is seen coaxing women towards his truck and then masturbating in front of them.
Kurjata has been charged with five counts of committing an indecent act in a public place and one count of exposing genitals to a person under 16 years. He has been released from custody with strict court-imposed conditions.
Video of about 60 unidentified young women and teens were found on his phone, and it’s those people who police want to hear from.
“They may have witnessed something that they just shrugged off initially, but it’s very important in these types of offences to let the police know,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette.
Kurjata’s alleged crime spree reached every corner of Vancouver. Most of the incidents took place near Macdonald Street and 16th Avenue. Others happened as far north as Powell Street and Clark Drive, near Boundary Road and as far south as East 57th Avenue and Main Street.
Doucette said police have no evidence the videos left Kurjata’s phone, were shared with others or uploaded online. A similar case has been reported in the Tri-Cities, and the VPD is looking into whether the incidents are linked.
Each case saw Kurjata approach women, attempt conversation and then direct their attention into the interior of his truck. The subsequent investigation identified Kurjata’s phone secretly positioned to capture the encounter.
“After seeing the reaction he would simply drive off,” Doucette said. “There have not been any reports to date that this man tried to make any physical contact with these young women.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD’s sex crimes unit at 604-717-0605 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.