Suspicious duo at playground weren’t perverts, just druggies

Winnipeg Police Service

As previously released, on Aug. 13, 2014, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 36-year-old female and three children, ages 5, 7 and 9 years of age, were at a children’s playground in the area of the 200 block of Varsity View Drive.

While the children were on the play structures two unknown males, who had been sitting on a park bench, began engaging the children in a conversation. A short time later the males began to walk away, however the female and the children noticed that one of the males lowered his pants, exposed himself and then both males were seen performing indecent acts.

The female victim immediately gathered the children and left the area. The males were last observed in a parking lot of a nearby apartment complex near Laxdal Road and Roblin Boulevard. Police were contacted and searched the area however the suspects were not located.

Suspect descriptions were provided and the media and public were requested to assist in the identification of the males.

The investigation continued by members of the West District Crime who were able to identify and arrest the two suspects.

Subsequent interviews revealed that the males, under the influence of drugs or intoxicants at the time, had been attempting to conceal their drug use and drug paraphernalia. As they were leaving the park, one of the male’s pants fell down. Their actions certainly would have appeared suspicious and indecent in nature.

Both were released without charge.

Though this particular incident resulted in no criminal charges, the Winnipeg Police Service encourages anyone who may witness suspicious activity to report it.  It is recognized that not all incidents will be found to be criminal in nature; however citizens should feel confident that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated to the fullest extent.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the media and the public for their assistance in this matter.

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