Update: Friday afternoon, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police announced that a suspect has been arrested. The original story follows.
Investigators have released a series of surveillance camera images of a man they believe is linked to a disturbing incident reported on a SkyTrain last month.
The Metro Vancouver Transit Police released the photos on Thursday, more than a month after a woman reported an incident on her train.
The woman told police she was in a nearly empty SkyTrain around 10:30 p.m. on August 3, when a man entered and sat directly across from her.
When she looked at him, she said, he would have looked at her with her genitals exposed. She told police he was masturbating at the time.
She moved to another part of the train.
Police said they searched for surveillance video and saw their suspect boarded a train at Coquitlam Central Station shortly before 9 p.m.
According to the transport police, the video showed that the man had taken the train “for a long time.” He traveled along the Millennium and Expo lines, getting on and off at various stops, agents said.
He approached several women, they said, “revealing a predatory nature to his actions.”
Video of a man whom police believe to be the suspect showed he remained in the transit system until around 11:20 p.m., according to the MVTP.
He left the SkyTrain at Vancouver’s Stadium station at that time.
“The transport police are very concerned about the actions of this suspect,” police said in a statement issued with the photos.
“Moreover, the transport police believe he may have subjected other people to these actions who have not yet spoken to the police.”
Officers are asking anyone who has witnessed the incident described above, who was also a victim, or who knows who the man is to contact them.
The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties with dark blonde or light brown hair and a slim build. He had “a light beard,” police said, and wore a t-shirt and light brown shorts, as well as a blue backpack and a longboard.