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Lake Country woman's suspicious encounter was a misunderstanding

May 28, 2019 - 1:58 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - Neighbourhood trust may be a bit frayed in one Okanagan neighbourhood.

The RCMP no longer have concerns that the man who drove alongside and took photos of a Lake Country woman on a late night walk was up to no good. 

Since turning to the media for the public’s help on May 27, the previously unidentified man spoke with police.

“As a result of the continued investigation, police do not believe that the man’s intentions were criminal in nature,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP, in a press release.

“It seems as though the local resident was also suspicious of our complainant and decided to obtain her photograph for identity purposes.”

Lake Country RCMP received a report  May 26 at 9:11 p.m. of a suspicious encounter, that reportedly took place approximately 45 minutes earlier, in the area of Davidson Road and Artela Road. Police officers were told that a stranger, since identified by police, snapped photographs of a woman pedestrian alone in that area.

“RCMP encourage Lake Country residents to remain vigilant, and continue to remind them to be mindful of suspicious activities and persons in their neighbourhoods,” said O’Donaghey. “However, we ask that you report those encounters to police at your earliest convenience, especially if you have decided to capture photos of possible persons of interest to police. This will allow our investigators to determine whether or not a crime has in fact been committed.”

Police have since updated the complainant on the outcome of the investigation. The RCMP would like to thank the media and the general public for their assistance.

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