Woman stalked, touched while walking home

Vernon RCMP detachment

VERNON - Police are reminding the public to be safe while walking late at night after a woman was stalked and touched inappropriately on her way home over the weekend.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says police are "very concerned" about the incident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. July 27. 

The 34-year-old woman felt compelled to dial 911 after a strange man followed her down 30th Ave. and onto 41st St., slapping her on the buttocks multiple times.

"The victim reported that she first noticed the male on 30th Ave. at the Safeway Downtown," Molendyk says.

The woman described her assailant as an Aboriginal male who appeared to be in his 20's, 6'-6'2" tall, and wearing white shorts, with a shirt tucked in.

"The suspect made a strange comment, stating, 'I am only 11 they can't do anything,'" Molendyk says.
The RCMP are taking this incident very seriously and are asking anyone with any information about the suspect to give them a call.

"The detachment would also like to remind everyone who is walking home late to take safety precautions," Molendyk says. "If possible, do not walk alone, walk in well traveled areas."

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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