Asian women targeted by bus stop masturbator

Police have issued a warning to women, especially young women of Asian descent, after a string of indecent acts involving a man exposing himself at bus stops.

Since last November, Saanich and Victoria police have received 12 reports of a young white male approaching the women primarily at bus stops along the Shelbourne corridor, and recently on Fort Street, and masturbating in front of them.

The suspect is described as a while man, between the ages of 20 and 30, about 5’6” to 6’0”, weighing between 190 and 220 pounds.

“Police are becoming increasingly concerned as the suspect appears to be escalating his behaviour by touching these victims,” a police news release said.

Police advise young women to use transit in pairs, stick to well-lit bus stops and move to a safe location to call police should they encounter the suspect. They recommend women who are approached by a suspicious person should scream or use whatever means necessary to draw attention.

Police believe there are more victims in the community and encourage anyone who may have been a victim or knows someone who is to contact Saanich police at 250-475-4321, Victoria Det. Kevin Lastiwka at 250-995-7234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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