The Vancouver Police Department have issued a warning Thursday cautioning residents in and around the Mount Pleasant area about a man performing indecent acts in the late night hours.
The suspect was seen exposing himself and committing an "indecent act" while illuminating himself with either a flashlight or a cell phone light, say authorities. The first incident took place just after 1 a.m. on May 19 near Main Street and East 15 Avenue, while following instances were reported on June 19, one just after midnight at Quebec Street and East 15th Avenue, and another just 25 minutes later and only a block away, near Main Street and East 15 Avenue.
Most recently, an incident was reported on July 15, near Quebec and East 15th Avenue. Police say they believe the suspect lives in the area.
In all of these cases, the suspect positioned himself by ground-floor residential or business windows with a clear view of a woman inside the buildings. Each time he reportedly ran away after been spotted.
In what authorities believe is a related incident, a man was seen on May 19 exposing himself facing a ground floor window near Knight Street and Kingsway, and committing an indecent act. Although he was not seen illuminating himself and the location was not Mount Pleasant, investigators believe this could be the same suspect.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5’8 tall, with a medium to heavy build, and he has light-coloured hair on his legs. In each incident, he was wearing either a hat or hoodie, pants or shorts, and a jacket or sweatshirt.
"We are asking residents in Mount Pleasant to take safety precautions and be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour. If you are outdoors after midnight, always carry a cell phone and walk with a group or at least one other person,” says Sergeant Jason Robillard of the VPD. "Consider closing your blinds at night and call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious behaviour."