Nanaimo RCMP has released a composite sketch of a suspect who allegedly tried to abduct a woman on Thursday, July 31st.
At around 7:00pm, a 44-year-old woman driving an older model Ford Escort was travelling north along Brechin Rd when she stopped for a red light at the intersection of Brechin and Highway 19A. A late 90s Ford F150 with no canopy pulled up beside her. The driver yelled something but she chose to ignore him. She continued north along Highway 19A and noticed the same truck following her. The man was also honking his horn and flashing his lights. Thinking there was a problem with her vehicle, she pulled in to the slow lane just north of the Rock City Plaza at Wendy’s restaurant. The man pulled his truck in front of her, forcing her to pull over and stop.
He walked over to her vehicle and said ” I want to take you for coffee”. She ignored him and was beginning to power up her window when he reached in, grabbed her by her left arm and attempted to pull her out the window. She powered up her window and sped off, breaking his grip. She looked back several times but did not see him again.
She called 9-1-1 when she got home. She was left bruised and traumatized by the ordeal. She’s getting help from Victim Services.
Here’s a description of the suspect:
- white , 40’s, good looking with an athletic build
- salt and pepper hair worn in a military style cut
- pale, clean shaven,light coloured eyes
- high pitched voice, like that of a teenager
- cleft chin and white mark on the bridge of nose, similar to a scar
- white t-shirt with a dragon symbol
- metal banded watch on his left wrist
“Traffic was moderate at the time but we are confident someone travelling along the highway would have noticed the vehicles stopping and some of the exchange between the two. We are asking anyone who witnessed anything to contact us immediately,” said Constable Gary O’Brien.
If you have any information, please contact the Cst. Sean Zeigler of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.