According to police spokesman Sgt. Michael Richardson, a 5-year-old girl told her mother that while she was in a public restroom at the park, she was inappropriately touched by a man wearing women’s clothing.
The incident is alleged to have occurred July 9 at the park, located at 600 3rd Ave. S. in Edmonds. The girl was visiting the park with her father and siblings when she entered the women’s
“She went into a bathroom stall, where she stated a male wearing women’s clothing touched her private area,” Richards said. The girl did not initially tell her father about the incident and there was a lengthy delay in a formal report being made to the police department, he added.
According to police, the father provided the following description of the person of interest in this case: Male or female with masculine features, 19-25 years old, with long black hair and light-colored skin. The individual was wearing a purple butterfly shirt and shorts.
“The father stated that he was at the entrance to the restroom when he observed the individual in question,” Richards said. “He reported that at no time were the person of interest and his daughter in the restroom at the same time.”
Police said that they are still investigating several details in an effort to corroborate and substantiate the report. “In the
interest of public safety and in an abundance of caution, the Edmonds Police Department would like to alert the
general public about this incident and ask for the public’s assistance in locating and or identifying the person of
interest so that they may be interviewed,” Richards said.
Anyone with knowledge of the incident or who recalls seeing someone matching the description on that date, should contact the Edmonds Police Department tip line at 425-771-0212.