Saanich police issue warning after sexual assaults in Gordon Head

Saanich police are warning the public after a string of sexual assaults and indecent acts in the Gordon Head area.

Police said there have been five incidents since July 4, including two on one day.

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All of the incidents took place in the late afternoon and early evening in a tight area around Lambrick Park, Mount Douglas Park lower beach parking lot, and Larchwood Drive and Blair Avenue, said Staff Sgt. Chris Horsley.

In each instance, a woman was targeted by a younger man on a bicycle or skateboard.

Two women were touched in a sexual manner; in one instance, the man put his hands up the back of a woman’s shorts, Horsley said. In the other cases, the man exposed himself and fled.

Horsley called the indecent acts, with someone exposing themselves, concerning.

“It’s significantly more significant when they show a willingness to touch.”

Given the similarities between the five incidents, investigators believe they are likely connected. The man is described as 20 to 30 years old, short and white with a darker complexion. He was variously reported as wearing a baseball hat, bandana and green bicycle helmet.

Anyone with information is asked to call Saanich police at 250-475-4321.

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