Police have arrested a man who was allegedly caught on camera exposing himself in an elementary school park in Richmond, BC, this week.
The alleged incident happened Monday in the park outside McKay Elementary on Lombard Road, where a witness “observed the man with his genitals exposed and recorded it,” Richmond RCMP said in a press release.
The spectator said he had also seen the suspect speak to children in the park on an earlier occasion.
Authorities could not confirm if there were students nearby when the alleged incident happened.
“Whether he specifically exposed himself to anyone is not known at this time, but it’s obviously worrying that he was in a park and was exposed,” says Cpl. Adriana O’Malley told CTV News.
Authorities said the witness reported the incident to school officials on Wednesday and the information was passed on to police. The Richmond RCMP began patrolling the park on Thursday and managed to identify and arrest a suspect that afternoon.
While the investigation is still ongoing, police said they believe it was an isolated incident.
“We recognize that this type of incident is of great concern to parents and society as a whole, so it is a good thing to be able to identify and arrest this man so quickly,” RCMP Insp. Michael Cohee said in a statement.
Cohee urged anyone witnessing anything of concern to call police “as soon as possible so we can attend and investigate.”
Richmond RCMP said it is possible that other people witnessed Monday’s incident and did not show up. They asked everyone with information about what happened to call the department at 604-278-1212. Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 instead.