‘Suspicious male’ reported

Residents of a South Surrey neighbourhood are on the alert after a man was seen to be following two teenaged girls.

Ocean Park residents are cautioning their neighbours to be on the lookout after a man was seen to be following a pair of teenaged girls last week.

According to a post on the Ocean Park Neighbours Facebook page, the man was first spotted around 4:40 p.m.  on Dec. 9 in the parking lot of Ocean Park Village, then was seen walking behind the teens as they travelled north along 128 Street.

Surrey RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scotty Schumann said police will not be issuing a news release on the incident, but would like to identify and speak with the man.

He’s been described as a clean-shaven Caucasian in his early 20s, with dirty blond hair and a slim build, wearing dark pants and a red hoodie with a grey sweater underneath.

Schumann told Peace Arch News the man did not make contact with the girls, and it remains unclear if the individual had nefarious intentions.

“We don’t know if this guy was following the girls,” he said. “Is he following them or is he just traveling along the same path? We don’t know.”

According to the Facebook post, the stranger was seen discarding the red hoodie in bushes behind the Coast Capital Savings, then retrieving it and heading south on 128 Street after apparently realizing his actions were being scrutinized.

Schumann said patrols of the neighborhood did not locate the man, who was last seen near 128 Street and 16 Avenue.

Anyone with information that could help police identify and speak with the man in question is asked to call the Surrey detachment at 604-599-0502.

 

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