A 15-year-old girl is shaken and police are looking for a suspect after a disturbing incident on St. Albert Trail last week.
St. Albert RCMP said that shortly after midnight on June 22, a suspicious man approached a 15-year-old girl from St. Albert on the sidewalk near the Earl’s restaurant.
The man, who was not wearing any pants, indecently exposed himself to the girl then left the area on foot. Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or he may have had some kind of developmental delay.
Other than exposing himself to her, the man did not try to come into contact with the girl in any way.
The suspect is described as being between 25 and 35 years old, a medium build, Caucasian, about six-foot-one, with short blonde spiked hair, and clean shaven. He was wearing a blue-and-white checkered shirt, flip flops and no pants.
Cpl. Laurel Kading said police understand this is a sensitive issue, considering there’s a minor involved, and emphasized people should not jump to the conclusion it’s related in any way to the series of sexual assaults reported in Stony Plain over the past several months.
“From all investigation, this has nothing to do with that,” she said. “We don’t think it’s connected at all.”
She also said police are deliberately holding back some of the details about the incident as part of their investigation.
“If we get a good tip coming in or a good call coming in, we can verify if this is legitimate information or just repeating what they’ve heard in the media,” Kading said.
The girl’s mother, who the Gazette isn’t naming in order to protect the girl’s identity, said her daughter was shaken by the incident but she doesn’t expect any lasting damage.
“She isn’t traumatized or anything, but we wanted to make sure people knew about this,” she said.
Anyone with any information about this incident or any other crimes is asked to contact police at 780-458-7700. You can also report information anonymously and may be eligible for a reward by phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.