August 3, 2014 12:01 pm

Nanaimo RCMP release sketch of man wanted for attempted abduction

Sketch of a man wanted in connection to an attempted abduction.

RCMP Handout

VANCOUVER – RCMP in Nanaimo have released a composite sketch of a man they believe was involved in the attempted abduction of a woman on Thursday July 31.

At about 7 p.m. a 44-year-old woman was driving an older model Ford Escort going northbound along Brechin Road when she stopped for a red light at Highway 19a. A man driving an older model late 90s Ford F150 pulled up beside her and yelled something in her direction. The woman ignored him because she didn’t know him.

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She continued to drive north along Highway 19a and the man followed her in his truck. He was honking his horn and flashing his lights so thinking there might be a problem with her car, the woman pulled into the slow lane.

The man cut his truck in front of her forcing her to stop.

Police say he walked to the driver’s door and said to the woman “I want to take you for coffee.” She ignored him and was beginning to power up her window when he reached in, grabbed her left arm and attempted to pull her out the window. The woman was able to power up her window, and with him still holding her arm, sped off. This broke his grip and the woman raced away.

Once home she immediately called 9-1-1. Police say she was left with bruising on her arm and was traumatized by her ordeal.

They are now looking for the suspect. He is described as:

  •  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 shin 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 Const. Gary O’Brien.

If you have any information on this incident or the suspect, please contact the Cst Sean Zeigler of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also go online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com

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