WATCH: There have now been 11 incidents linked to a man who has been grabbing women inappropriately and exposing himself in Saanich. April Lawrence has the latest.
As Elya Easton enjoyed the view from the top of Mount Doug Wednesday she said news that a man has been groping unsuspecting women in the area has her on edge.
“We’re used to it being a safe neighbourhood so I guess having someone doing that is pretty scary,” she said.
The latest incidents happened Monday around 5:00 p.m. in the lower parking area of Mount Doug Park.
A woman walked into the women’s washroom and was followed by a man who went into the stall right next to her.
After she left he was spotted masturbating just outside.
“The washroom’s obviously a contained environment, the chance of something going sideways or someone getting hurt is much more increased in that area,” said Saanich Police Staff Sergeant Chris Horsley.
Police said a very short time later another woman was walking on a nearby path when she was inappropriately touched by a man riding by on a bicycle.
There have now been 11 incidents linked to the same suspect in Saanich.
While most have been in the Gordon Head area, police say in mid-June a woman reported having her buttocks grabbed at Quadra and Tattersall.
Despite nearly a dozen disturbing encounters, all in broad daylight and in public areas, few women CHEK News spoke to in the park appeared overly concerned.
“No because there’s always people in the park here so I don’t worry too much about it,” said one woman walking her dog.
“You hear that everywhere you go so you can’t be scared all the time,” said a woman jogging on her own.
But Saanich Police are taking it very seriously.
“This person is willing to violate these ladies they’re physically putting hands on someone and violating their personal space and touching them we think that’s significant, we also think that that behaviour could escalate,” said Horsley.
So far descriptions have been vague — the suspect is believed to be in his 20’s, with tan or darker skin, he is short, with short hair and usually on a bike or skateboard.
Police caution against anything that could lead to a confrontation but are asking for people to try and get a clear description if they encounter the man and call 911 immediately.