Vernon RCMP seeking man who allegedly exposed himself to students

Police are encouraging parents to speak to their children after a report of a man allegedly exposing himself near a Vernon school.

Police are encouraging parents to speak to their children after a report of a man allegedly exposing himself near a Vernon school.

A parent reported that her children came home from school Friday, around 3 p.m., and the kids told the parent that they saw a man exposing himself in his car at the corner of 25th Street and 41st Avenue near Harwood School.

“Her two daughters were walking home with friends from Harwood Elementary when they saw a man sitting in a vehicle parked on 41st Avenue,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When the girls came up to the vehicle, they noticed that the man had his pants down and appeared to be masturbating.”

The young girls screamed and took off home. The suspect left the area quickly.

The suspect is described as; a Caucasian man in his early 20s, approximately five-foot-11 with  a thinner build. He has dark brown hair, shorter on the side, longer on top and possibly gelled. It appeared his lip is pierced as well as his left ear pierced on the top.

The suspect also appeared to have a black tattoo on the inside of his right wrist. He was wearing a red t-shirt with a black, white and blue vine-like design on the front at the time the girls saw him.

The vehicle is described as a newer-model four-door sedan, silver-grey in colour with a black leather interior, and what was described a large tail fin.

There was an “N” magnet in the middle of the trunk for a new driver. It had fancy chrome rims with red markings in the centre.

The school was notified of this incident.

“The police are asking parents to speak with their children about all safety issues they could encounter in their neighborhoods, so they will know what to do if they see suspicious activity happen,” said Molendyk. “Parents, if you walk your children to school or playgrounds; be observant to any suspicious activity in and around the neighborhood. If possible record the plate number and vehicle description.

“If your children walk to schools or playgrounds on their own, have them walk in groups and if they encounter something strange or makes them feel afraid, have them go home and report it to the police.”

The RCMP are continuing to investigate this file and are working closely with the Vernon School District.