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Multiple reports of indecent act in a Metro Vancouver park prompt police warning

Separate reports came in on the same day regarding a man performing a suspected indecent act in the public park.
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The entrance to Mackie Park in North Delta. Photo: Google Maps

Delta police have issued a warning to park users after receiving two separate reports of an indecent act being committed in George Mackie Park in North Delta.

According to police, in the first report, a woman contacted DPD around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday about a man she witnessed masturbating on the trail between George Massey Library and North Delta Community Park.

The man was described as South Asian, wearing all black clothing.

Police say there was a delay after she saw him to the time it was reported. Multiple police officers made patrols in the area but did not see anyone matching the suspect’s description.

Later in the evening, shortly after 10 p.m., a second woman contacted police to report a man possibly masturbating in George Mackie Park, close to the trees. She left the area and contacted police later. She indicated the male was South Asian, approximately 5’7” tall, around 25 years old, and was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.

Again officers patrolled, but were not able to find any suspects.

“We’re going to have a higher police presence in the area over the next while,” said Insp. Ciaran Feenan, head of DPD front line patrol. “Please, if you spot anyone committing what you suspect is an indecent act, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible, so police can respond quickly.”

The public is advised to take additional precautions when walking or running in this area, such as walking with another person and carrying a cell phone. The police investigation into these incidents is ongoing.

"Mackie Park is bounded by Sands Secondary and Gray Elementary schools. Walking trails and a natural area along the east side of the park attract walkers and runners," describes the City of Delta on its website.

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