After receiving two separate reports similar in nature, Delta police are now advising the public of two incidents of an indecent act at two local parks.
In a release, police said one of the incidents occurred at North Delta Park around 6:30 pm on January 31.
A woman reported that she had been sitting with her daughter watching another child’s soccer practice, when “a man described as South Asian, approximately 30 years old with a slim build, black hair, and wearing a red hoodie, approached her,” police said.
The man was “separated from the mother and child by a chain link fence and proceeded to masturbate close by her,” they added.
The woman yelled out to alert people nearby, and the man ran off.
“Unfortunately the woman did not have a cell phone on her, and there was a time delay of approximately two hours before police were notified,” said police. Officers attended to the scene and conducted a patrol of the area, but did not find anyone matching the description of the suspect.
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In another instance, a teenage girl had come across a man with a similar description, masturbating in the park area adjacent to the George Mackie Public Library in the afternoon of January 23.
In this instance there was also a time delay before police were contacted. Nonetheless, extensive patrols of the area were conducted.
“We want to advise the public that should anything similar happen to please call 911 right away if they, or anyone nearby, has access to a phone,” said Delta Police spokesperson Cris Leykauf. “This will allow police to quickly respond. 911 should be used in instances where people believe a crime is in progress.”
Leykauf said the investigation into both instances is ongoing, and anyone with further information is asked to contact the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411.