Police on the West Shore are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to a jogger on the Galloping Goose Trail last week.
On July 19 just after 7 a.m., West Shore RCMP received a report of a man exposing himself to a woman on the trail near the intersection of Happy Valley Road and Glen Forest Way in Metchosin, according to a news release.
The woman told police she was jogging when she saw the man with a hoodie tied around his waist. When she got closer to him, he removed his hoodie and exposed himself before running off into the bushes.
According to West Shore RCMP, while extensive patrols were made, police had no luck in locating the suspect.
The incident is prompting police to share trail and park safety tips, including walking or running with a friend, carrying a cell phone or whistle and sticking to the main routes of a trail while avoiding shortcuts and secluded areas.
“The trails within our communities are used daily by many people and are considered safe,” said Const. Meghan Groulx, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.
“Unfortunately, these types of investigations do happen now and then. We’d like to remind the public to stay alert to their surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour,” she added.
Police describe the suspect as a tall man with straight blonde hair wearing a light-coloured hoodie and a T-shirt of unknown colour at the time of the incident.
Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident or spotted the suspect is asked to call West Shore RMCP at 250-474-2264.