UPDATE – Nanaimo police catch suspect in flashing incidents

NANAIMO – Man suspected of flashing teen girls arrested at Woodgrove Centre Tuesday.

Police have caught a man accused of flashing teenage girls in a Woodgrove Centre parking lot.

The arrest was made Tuesday at about 3 p.m. after an off-duty female RCMP officer spotted an SUV bearing a distinctive dragon logo and a man matching witness descriptions from prior complaints.

“She saw the truck, saw the logo, the whole nine yards and called it in,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “He was acting pretty suspicious, so we went up and scooped him.”

Mounties had been keeping an eye out for the suspect after he allegedly exposed himself to two 12-year-old girls on the east side of Woodgrove Centre Sept. 22.

On Friday, four 17-18-year-old girls were walking through the parking lot from the Old Island Highway toward the Wal-Mart entrance when they saw a man standing next to a truck. He unzipped his pants and exposed himself as they walked by and the got into a black SUV with a red dragon logo on its side and drove off.

Timothy Robert Mooney, 30, of Nanaimo, appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Wednesday to face charges including two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of breach of probation order that he have no contact with females under 18.

O’Brien said the  suspect has a prior conviction from 2013 for attempted child luring over the Internet.

Mooney remains in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday (Oct. 6). Police are continuing their investigation and believe the suspect might have been involved in other indecent exposure incidents around Nanaimo.

Anyone with information about any such incidents is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.