UPDATE: RCMP arrest man accused of flashing 3 girls in Parksville

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
July 13, 2017 - 1:54pm Updated: July 16, 2017 - 3:31pm

The suspect, accused of flashing three 11-year-old girls inside the Lucky Loonies Dollar Store in Parksville. submitted/RCMP

The Lucky Loonies Dollar Store, where the flashing incident in Parksville is alleged to have happened. Google Earth

PARKSVILLE — RCMP have announced the search for a man accused of exposing himself to three young girls at a Parksville store is over.

RCMP report the 44-year-old suspect turned himself into Oceanside RCMP on Friday (July 14) morning.

The Parksville man is accused of flashing three 11-year-old girls at Lucky Loonies Dollar Store in downtown Parksville on Wednesday, July 12.

Following his arrest, the suspect was released on numerous conditions, the RCMP noted in a news release.

His name is subject to a court imposed publication ban, to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

 

EARLIER: Oceanside RCMP are on the hunt after a man allegedly flashed three 11-year-olds inside a Parksville store.

According to Cpl. Janelle Shoihet, a media relations officer with B.C. RCMP, a man exposed himself to the girls at roughly 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 before quickly leaving the store.

“The girls reported it immediately to one of the girls' grandfather, who then called us and that's exactly what we'd ask for you to tell your children to do,” she said.

Mark Ma, owner of the Lucky Loonies Dollar Store in downtown Parksville, told NanaimoNewsNOW the incident happened in the back of his store.

“We didn't know at the time but the kids parents called us and we looked at the video and we found something."

Ma said the suspect had been in the store earlier in the morning before coming back in the afternoon. After reviewing the surveillance footage, Ma said the incident lasted 10 seconds before the man left the store, leaving the girls looking shocked.

If anyone has information on the man accused of exposing himself, they're urged to call Oceanside RCMP immediately or Crime Stoppers.

 

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