DNA evidence links same suspect to two indecent acts

Incidents occurred in November 2014 and May 2015 in Abbotsford

This man is a suspect in two indecent acts that have taken place in Abbotsford in the last year.

Police have linked a man wanted for an indecent act in November 2014 with a similar incident in May of this year.

Const. Ian MacDonald said evidence collected following each incident contains the DNA of the same suspect.

Police still do not know who the man is because he is not in the national DNA data bank, meaning he has not previously been convicted of an offence.

Police reported last week that they were looking for a suspect in an indecent act that occurred Nov. 8 at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford.

A 24-year-old woman had been playing pinball when a man approached her from behind. He appeared to be touching his genitals and recording something with his cellphone.

He quickly walked away after being noticed by the victim. The incident was reported, and the victim’s clothing was taken as evidence.

Police later obtained surveillance video of the suspect, and last week released a still image of him, after being unable to identify him through other avenues during their investigation.

The second incident took place on May 7 of this year at about 2:25 p.m.

MacDonald said a woman was browsing for a greeting card in a store in the 33600 block of Essendene Avenue.

Another customer appeared to be shopping in the same aisle. When that person left, the woman observed a wet substance on the floor and on the back of her clothing.

She contacted police, and evidence was obtained from the store and from the victim’s clothing. No video surveillance footage was available.

MacDonald said detectives are continuing the investigation and are concerned there could be other similar, but unreported, incidents in Abbotsford or elsewhere.

The man is described as Caucasian, in his mid-30s, 5′ 10″ and weighing 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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