After an incident allegedly occurred earlier this month, Surrey RCMP are warning the public to look out for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl while she was walking alone near a school. On January 10, 2019, a 10-year-old girl living in Surrey was attacked while walking near Sullivan Heights Secondary School. At around 4 p.m. Surrey RCMP received a report that a lone female child was walking behind a secondary school when an unknown man grabbed her hoodie from behind.
According to a police report issued by Surrey RCMP, the unknown man tossed the girl to the ground and began to expose his genitalia to her. The victim was able to scream and flee the scene. RCMP suspect the incident took place at around 3 PM on January 10.
RCMP have since released a photo and description of the alleged offender. He is described as being a Caucasian male, possibly in his teens or early 20s. He is described as being 5' 2" to 5'5" with a normal build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up over his head and black pants.
Following the indecent incident, the man was seen running westbound through the schools parking lot towards 114 Street. Immediately after the incident, the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit and the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit started an investigation.
In an attempt to push the investigation along and identify the man, RCMP units have released a photo of the alleged suspect. Police and law enforcement are also looking for anyone who may have witnessed the occurrence, or has potential dash-cam footage.
If you were in the area around Sullivan Heights Secondary School and have information, you should contact local law enforcement.
Surrey RCMP have also released a list of tips to provide to ensure personal safety. They include not taking shortcuts through forested or secluded areas, walking with friends, telling someone where you are going before you head out, and phoning home when leaving a friend’s house and giving an estimated time as to when they can expect your arrival.
RCMP have also suggested that you should not assist anyone you do not know and to always trust your gut instinct and feelings.
Anyone who has information on this Jan. 10 incident is encouraged to call the Surrey RCMP at (604)559-0502. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222.8477 or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website.