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Alleged Kelowna YMCA creeper returns to scene

Kelowna Mounties talk to an employee of the Kelowna Family YMCA, YWCA after RCMP received a report of a suspect sighting Thursday afternoon. The man matched the description of the suspect who exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl at the same facility last week. - Wade Paterson/Capital News
Kelowna Mounties talk to an employee of the Kelowna Family YMCA, YWCA after RCMP received a report of a suspect sighting Thursday afternoon. The man matched the description of the suspect who exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl at the same facility last week.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

The man who allegedly lured a child into a YMCA changeroom and forced her to watch as he fondled himself returned to the scene of the crime.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Mounties were called to the Rutland facility when a man matching the suspect's description was spotted around the pool by one of the staff members.

"Before police could arrive, the man quickly fled the scene on foot and a subsequent search, which included the use of Police Service Dogs, was unsuccessful," said Const. Kris Clark.

It took just over a week for the suspect return to teh site where he lured an eight-year-old girl into the family change room and exposed himself to her.

"(She) escaped without physical harm and the man fled the scene attempting to concealing his identity," said Clark.

His insight on how to hide himself from cameras placed around the facility, and apparent knowledge of entrances that would allow him to pass unnoticed, prompted Y staff to tighten security in the days that have passed. They've also studied images and video of the man, so they could spot him if he returned, and that may have been the reason why they were able to spot him once again.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian man with tanned skin
  • 40-50 years old
  • Thin muscular build
  • Between five-foot-five to five-foot-eight

Anyone with any information regarding the man's identity is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppers.net to report.

Video of this newest incident may be available next week.

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