Police issue warning about Qualicum Beach flasher

Woman injured as she confronts suspicious man Saturday night

Oceanside RCMP are on the lookout for a suspected flasher who assaulted a woman in Qualicum Beach Saturday.

Corporal Jesse Foreman said the incident occurred at 9 p.m. in the Valdez and Primrose area.

Foreman said a man was seen standing near the hedge of a property in the area and appeared to be acting suspiciously.

“The property owner yelled at him, questioning what he was doing there,” Foreman said. “A 54-year-old neighbour who thought she had previously seen the same man, confronted him.”

That’s when the incident turned violent. The man pushed the woman, who fell, injuring her wrist as she attempted to break her fall.

“It was later reported, that the same male was observed exposing himself in the street nearby,” Foreman said. “The male fled the area on foot and was not located by police.”

The suspect is described as Caucasian, between six feet, four and six foot, six inches in height, with a  broad build, between 35 and 40 years of age, with medium colour hair and a receding hairline.

“There is an indication that this male has previously been involved in trespassing and exposure offences in this area,” Foreman said. “The police investigation is very active regarding this incident.”

Anyone with information regarding this offence is asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.

Meanwhile, Foreman urged residents to be careful when dealing with a situation like this.

“Please remember that if you see something suspicious, avoid confrontation and possibly getting hurt by calling the police immediately,” he said. “Try to focus your attention on what you see and hear. Observations such as a suspect’s height, weight, build, age, race, clothing and vehicle description are key.”