Nanaimo police suspect man using cellphone to commit indecent acts

NANAIMO – Male suspect leaves cellphone with naked pictures for others to find.

Nanaimo Mounties hope the public can help identify a man who uses his cellphone to commit acts of indecent exposure.

In two separate incidents, a man has allegedly place his cellphone where it could easily be found after taking pictures of himself naked.

Police say they believe he is targeting young adult women.

The first incident happened at about 5 p.m. on May 30 when a 19-year-old woman walked out of the the 7-Eleven on Dover Road and picked up a black iPhone in the parking lot and saw the photo. She spotted a man sitting in a grey SUV matching the description of the male in the picture. She left the phone on the ground and as she got into her car, saw the man walk to the phone, pick it up and go back to his vehicle.

An second involving another 19-year-old woman June 13, at about 3 p.m., happened on the steps leading up from Blue Back Beach to Invermere Road and saw a man walking in front of her.

When she got to the top of the stairs and found a black iPhone displaying a photo of a naked man who looked like the man walking in front of her. She left the phone were she found it and didn’t see the man again.

The suspect is Caucasian, in his early 30s with short dark hair with a faux hawk and full-sleeve tattoos on his arms.

”These incidents are disturbing and we are working diligently to identify this individual and put a stop to his behaviour,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Anyone with information on this person or similar occurrences, please contact Const. Monique Scrase at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online to www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.