INDIANAPOLIS - Police have begun searching for a man who has been spying on little girls in the shower at a northeast Indianapolis YMCA.
Officers were called on Tuesday to the Arthur Jordan YMCA in the 8400 block of Westfield Boulevard after a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl alerted staff that a man was spying on them in the shower.
The girls said the man grabbed their swimsuits and underwear before walking into the shower area, where one of the girls was naked.
Both girls said the man was holding his fingers to his lips, signaling them to keep quiet about his presence. He was holding their clothes in his other hand, they said.
They both ran from the locker room and alerted staff, police said.
The YMCA branch is located directly across from Northview Middle School and includes a busy gymnasium and fitness facility.
Police wrote in their report that the staff had captured the same man entering the girls' locker room other times during the month.
"(Staff) said she also has the suspect on video going into the little girls locker room approximately 7 more times this month," officers wrote.
IMPD did not release the surveillance video on Wednesday, but it was being reviewed as part of their efforts to locate the man.
Inside the front lobby of the Arthur Jordan YMCA, staff was seen swiping membership cards of anyone who entered, so any swipes of the suspect's membership card could also be reviewed by police as part of their investigation.
In a written statement, YMCA spokeswoman Tangela Floyd wrote that the suspect has been expelled from all Indianapolis area YMCA locations as police investigate the matter.
Her statement further read, "Yesterday, a young man tried to jeopardize the safety of two of our members by entering the girls locker room at the Jordan YMCA. We are thankful that no one was harmed despite this incident. Our staff was notified and they quickly called the police and a report was made."
The statement made no reference to the earlier sightings of the man heading into the girls' locker room.
Floyd wrote, "At the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis we pride ourselves in having the proper procedures and training available for our staff to help ensure the safety of our members."
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis said it serves more than 200,000 people throughout the area, collaborating with more than 200 churches, schools and community groups.