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Mounties look for possible serial flasher in North Vancouver

Last Updated May 23, 2019 at 7:55 am PDT

North Vancouver RCMP have released a sketch of a man suspected of exposing himself to a teen girl. (Courtesy North Vancouver RCMP)

Mounties in North Vancouver are looking for a man accused of exposing himself to a 13-year-old girl on May 15

The teen was not hurt and was able to run away

Mounties are urging parents to have a conversation with their kids about safety

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police are looking for a possible serial flasher after a man apparently exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl in North Vancouver last week.

The North Vancouver RCMP says a man in his 40s or 50s, driving a silver SUV, called the teen over to his vehicle asking for directions. When she came up to him, police say he apparently made a lewd comment and exposed his genitals to her.

It happened near the intersection of 27th Street East and St. Georges Avenue on May 15 at 3:40 p.m.

“She ran away and was not physically harmed, but we’re asking for the public to be on the lookout for a Caucasian male, 40 to 50 years old, with a slight accent of unknown origin,” Sgt. Peter DeVries said.

Mounties say the incident is similar to other reports made on the North Shore over the past year.

“We’re aware of those, we’re investigating the possibility that those incidents are linked to this one, but at this point we don’t have enough information to conclusively say that they are linked so we’re treating them as separate,” DeVries added.

The man is described as:

  • Caucasian man
  • 40-50 years old
  • Slight accent
  • balding with brown hair
  • black sunglasses
  • double chin
  • Wearing a blue and white zippered sweater

Talking to your kids about safety

He stresses the importance of having conversations with your kids about what to do to remain safe.

Tips from police include knowing your phone number, address, knowing how to get in touch with your parents either by cellphone or at their place of work, as well as knowing how and when to call 9-1-1.

“Parents, if it’s possible, if it’s feasible, give your child a cellphone when they’re away from home so that they have a way of contacting help if they need it.”

DeVries recommends running through scenarios with children to help them figure out how to respond. Other tips include having children and teens play and walk to places with a buddy, avoiding long conversations with strangers, telling your kids it’s OK to say “no” to an adult when they ask them to do something for them, like look for a lost pet, and to never accept rides, money or gifts from strangers.

You can read safety tips from the RCMP here.

-With files from Jonathan Szekeres