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Attempted abduction? Penticton woman tells her side of the story

Amy Nielsen of Penticton continues to be uncomfortable following an encounter with a motorist at her residence earlier this week.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Amy Neilsen Facebook page
May 07, 2020 - 2:28 PM

A Penticton woman who was the victim of some unwanted attention by a passing motorist earlier this week wants to tell her version of events following a police press release issued about the incident.

Amy Nielson saw police reports about the event this morning, May 7, and wants to set the record straight from her point of view.

She took exception to the time of the event, description of the suspect and behaviour of the suspect as described in the police release.

Nielsen’s house sits on the corner of Johnson Road and Heather Road, between which lies an an alleyway.

Nielsen says she was in the alleyway on May 5 around 4:30 p.m., ripping down some old lattice, when she noticed a silver coloured Ford F-150 passing up and down Heather Road.

“It passed back and forth about four or five times, enough to make me think he was looking for someone’s address,” she says.

Finally the truck slowed down and pulled in right behind Nielson, stopping right in front of her.

“He rolled down the window, and said something along the lines of, “Hey beautiful,” and I just looked at him,” she says.

“Then he said, ‘get into the truck,’ quite firmly. I didn’t feel he was flirting with me, I didn’t feel it was some guy trying to get my number, I thought he was very firmly saying, ‘get in the truck,’" she says.

Nielsen said she firmly told him to get away, in an effort to be firm with him, and was turning around when she saw with her peripheral vision that he was about to get out of the truck.

“I quickly grabbed a rock nearby, a little bigger than my fist. I whipped it and hit the back area of his driver’s door, which was open a couple of inches,” she says.

“He said a couple of choice words to me, then sped away,” she says.

Nielsen says she feels the suspect may have been part aboriginal, in his 40s, with no facial hair or visible tattoos, driving a ‘very basic model’ pickup. She says she also disagrees the man departed without issue as the police release said.

“It was very forceful, the way he told me to get into the truck. I’m normally very polite to strangers, and that behaviour (throwing a rock) is not my ‘go to.’ I knew right away his intentions were not good,” she says.

“I want people to know the actual story, because it could happen to someone else. I’m embarrassed it happened, and I’m a bit overwhelmed by the response the story generated on social media, but I want the right information out there,” she says.

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