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Posted: January 12, 2022

RCMP identify man who allegedly followed young female

Cranbrook RCMP has identified a man in social media reports who followed a young girl on her way home from school.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on January 11, Cranbrook RCMP responded to a suspicious person complaint in the area of 5th Avenue South.  The initial information indicated a man had followed a 16-year-old girl home and uttered threats to the concerned parent when confronted on his suspicious behaviour.

The man was quickly identified and the investigation revealed a coincidence in the paths to their respective nearby homes.

“The Cranbrook RCMP appreciate the young girl’s fear as well as her awareness of her surroundings.  Her quick reporting to her parents and their ability to confront the man helped the RCMP to identify and rule out any criminal intent in his following the teenager.

“We would also like to point out that as effective as social media was in identifying the man, there is a social responsibility by all users to update and remove posts that could unfairly target individuals or groups in light of developing information,” added S/Sgt Barry Graham, Detachment Commander.

Charges are not being entertained at this time but, police request anyone with direct knowledge of the event to call 250-489-3471.


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