Vancouver police issue warning after indecent acts in Mount Pleasant

Suspect has been exposing himself in the area of Main Street and East 15th Avenue

Vancouver police are warning the public after a series of indecent acts in Mount Pleasant.

The suspect is targeting ground-floor residential or business windows where there is a clear view of a woman inside. In each case he illuminates himself with either a flashlight or cell phone “while exposing himself, and committing an indecent act,” VPD media relations officer Sgt. Jason Robillard said in a press release. “Each time, he ran away shortly after being observed.”

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The first reported incident took place just after 1 a.m. on May 19 near Main Street and East 15th Avenue. Two more incidents were reported a month later — one just after midnight at Quebec Street and East 15th Avenue, and the second just 25 minutes later and a block away near Main and 15th.

The most recent report incident took place on July 15 just after midnight near Quebec and 15th.

Robillard said investigators believe the suspect may live in the Mount Pleasant area.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5’8” tall with a medium to heavy build and light coloured hair on his legs. In each incident he was wearing a hat or hoodie, pants or shorts and a jacket or sweatshirt.

Police believe there may be more incidents that have not yet been reported.

Additionally, on May 19, just two hours after the first reported incident, a man with a similar description was seen committing an indecent act outside a ground-floor window near Knight Street and Kingsway.

“Although he was not seen illuminating himself and the location was not Mount Pleasant, investigators believe this incident may also be related,” Robillard said.

“We are asking residents in Mount Pleasant to take safety precautions and be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour,” he said. “If you are outdoors after midnight, always carry a cell phone and walk with a group or at least one other person. Consider closing your blinds at night and call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious behaviour.”

Police are asking anyone with more information about these incidents to call the VPD tip line at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com

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