Pantless pervert arrested

For the second time in a matter of weeks, a man has exposed himself to a woman in Kelowna – and police believe the incidents may be related.

Early Sunday morning at 4:11 a.m., a woman was walking in the 1900 block of Pandosy Street when a man wearing no pants approached her.

“Police have learned that a man had walked up to a woman without any pants on, that he touched himself inappropriately and then invited the woman to touch him as well,” explains Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“The 36-year-old Peachland woman was not harmed during the encounter and quickly called police.”

O’Donaghey says she provided officers a detailed description of the suspect who was last seen walking north on Pandosy Street near Park Avenue.

“Police attended the area and located a man matching the suspect’s description who was observed with dishevelled clothing,” says O’Donaghey. “Police positively identified and arrested the 32-year-old Kelowna man.”

That man, who is not known to police, now faces potential charges of committing an indecent act.

O’Donaghey says police are investigating whether the man's actions can be linked to mental health or drug-abuse issues.

The man was later released from custody and is expected to appear in court on April 11.

This is the second incident this month of this kind of attack and police are investigating whether the two are related.

“I am aware of a previous incident where a male had exposed himself to a female and there is definitely a possibility these two incidents are related – and we are investigating both and making those determinations,” says O’Donaghey.

O’Donaghey says police were also concerned the woman was travelling alone at that time and urges residents of Kelowna to always be 'street smart'.

“If you have to be out that early in the morning plan your route and be aware of your surroundings.”

To help police investigate both incidents they are asking anyone who witnessed this or any other incident, was a victim to this sort of incident or has information for police to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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