UPDATED: Woman finds naked man masturbating in her van!

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The male in question ran behind the Studio Ten building on Queen Street west

UPDATE: SaultOnline has verified with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service that the name the suspect shouted out to the victim, and quoted earlier in this story, is not that of a person currently being investigated at this time for this incident. If you have any information, please call the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service @ 705-949-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit an e-tip from the Crime Stoppers’ website at www.saultcrimestoppers.com or text keyword SSM with your tip to 274637. Text STOP to 274637 to cancel.


Earlier Story:

A local business woman, who did not want to be identified, experienced a shocking and disturbing scene early Tuesday morning.

The woman who lives in an apartment building in the western part of the downtown area noticed the interior light of her van was on. She quickly ran down from her apartment building to check it out, she wasn’t expecting to find what she did.

“At 6:35 am, I looked outside of my apartment window and saw the light on in my van and what appeared to be someone either outside of it or inside. I rushed downstairs to investigate, unfortunately I left my cell phone on the entrance table.” the woman tells SaultOnline.com

“As I approached the vehicle, I could clearly see that there was someone inside of the vehicle fully alert and was masturbating. I screamed for my husband to call 911 and pressed the emergency button on my key chain. As the alarm was going off, the man became panic stricken and eventually was able to unlock the rear right passenger side of the door. As he exited the vehicle, he was completely naked and had picked up his blue sweater which he wrapped around him. He also picked up his socks.”

The man was last seen running towards the bush area
The man was last seen running towards the bush area

The man did not appear to be intoxicated, according to the woman who found him.

“I asked him repeatedly what he was doing in my van. He just kept on trying to leave the area. I asked him for his name and notified him that the police were on their way. He said my name is ########, which I clearly did not believe.”  The woman continued, “Once the City Police arrived (Constable Sagle) they patrolled the area, however, he too was unable to find him. The police dog was not sent to investigate which I found disturbing because he was still clearly in the area and there was no where else for this man to run to because of his state.”

“Initially fingerprints were not taken at the scene of the crime, however I contacted Staff Sergeant Trudeau and advised him that I could not understand why they would not do so. He then agreed to have fingerprints taken, so my husband drove the vehicle to the Police Station. Unfortunately, they were unable to get any prints from the vehicle.”

Constable Sagle continued to look in the area, but has not been able to locate him.

The woman describes the man as a white male, between 48 and 55 years of age, approximately 160 pounds (thin build), approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall, salt and pepper hair (short buzzed, but growing in), salt and pepper moustache and a blackish/greyish tattoo on his right arm above his elbow which appeared to be of a skull.

Police tell her that they are also investigating other instances of the same nature in the City.

“This is extremely alarming, considering anyone could have seen him, including the many children that reside in my apartment complex. He is clearly a disgusting, demented individual. This is particularly concerning, as situations such as this can quickly escalate.” the woman said.

The woman told SaultOnline.com that she is willing to pay a $500 reward if the information leads to an arrest. If someone has information to call City Police at 705-949-6300.

She said the van is now being professional cleaned.

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  1. Not surprised in the least that this happened in Sault Ste. Marie – my hometown. I’ve had my share of bad experiences in the Soo and virtually no support from the police department. That was before I left in 1998 so it’s not just because of the “new police chief”. Good luck citizens. I hope they catch the guy. However, when they do what kind of sentence do you think he’ll get. Whatever his punishment is it will be a joke.

  2. The guy probably lives nearby and was able to find a hiding place or made it home by the time a search was initiated.

  3. I think it is because we live in the “what is considered the SLUMS area” crime is treated differently here, it’s an everyday occurance so they become complacent. “You can’t afford to be complacent about security and the well being of any of the cities citizens.”

  4. The police didn’t seem to take this very seriously. That’s swell of them. /sarcasm/
    Someone that would do this…is someone that should be a high priority for cops to find. On the scale of twisted stuff to do, this is pretty twisted.
    He was NAKED for gawdsakes. wrapped a sweater around himself? WTH? …METH? Either way, scary. If it were the wife of a cop calling that in, there would have been a helluva lot more done, and quickly.
    As a citizen, I want him caught.
    Kudos to the VICTIM of this, for putting up her own reward money. How frustrated she must be by this point?!
    This brings me to a bigger problem with the cops, I’ve noticed since the new police chief came on board that we are not being told nearly as much about crimes, and in my opinion the police should be telling us, it is irresponsible not to! It makes me more nervous having to find out important info from other sources and not from the cops. We pay you, you work for us! Tell us where the pedos and perverts are, it is not your job to decide which crime you deem noteworthy to release, that’s a horrible way to run communications with YOUR citizens. In a free society that is straight up bullsh#t!
    If I was victimized by this guy, and found out that you had previous reports and didn’t warn the public about it, I’d sue you.

    • Actually, it IS their job to decide which crimes to report, and how much detail to release. I cannot imagine getting reports on every crime that is reported, and I don’t see how that would help the average citizen. In my opinion, that would only heighten people’s paranoia… Believing that criminals are lurking everywhere.

  5. There is too much of this going on in this city..
    With a tracking dog the police force would of had better luck than driving through the area..
    There are many children in the area and no one knows to how long this has been going on before he was caught in the van..
    Totally disgusted..

  6. The Cops Don’t Care about Incidents Like This…Come On…They R Too Busy Chasing Kids Around Town Who Are Stealing Vehicles & Doing Break & Enters…Oh Wait Nope Too Busy for That As Well!!! I Surprised They Didn’t Tell This Lady “this isn’t CSI”, when she asked them to take Prints…Good Luck with This!!!

  7. I cannot fathom how any tracking dog can follow a phantom scent that it has no clue what it is out of `100’s of thousands of them. Unless we have mutant dogs that can find DNA matching the specific person with no need to sniff comparison scent.

  8. I realize the person said a name, but to be honest, I do think it would have been better to have left the name out of the article when it was posted. Realistically who would think the person would give their real name? Likely a name they hoped would get publicized for whatever reason, maybe he had an issue with the guy or something. Even though you posted her entire sentence about not thinking it was true, you kind of opened him up for some ridicule. It would likely have been better to leave it out all along and just mention that the person gave a name that was believed to be untrue.

  9. They should have had a tracking dog there as soon as possible.
    Someone needs a reprimand, they likely could have caught the salami slapper within minutes and put an end to these disgusting acts before someone else gets a morning surprise.

    • Well Ty, aren’t you so fancy that you can live the high-class good life! Good for you! unfortunately- many can not. And that includes a lot of kids.

    • Well, first of all, I have no idea where you are getting the idea that I condone this behavior…. I was simply chiming in with a comment. I didn’t justify anything, thanks.

    • There’s the Sault mentality right there ,let’s jump to conclusions and start blaming people for irrelevant things (you saying I’m justifying this behavior due to my comment).

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