A spokesperson for the Campbell River RCMP said a man posing as a police officer tried to detain a woman on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Campbell River RCMP said a man posing as a police officer tried to detain a woman on Tuesday.

B.C. woman accosted by man posing as police officer

Police in Campbell River believe the same man aggressively confronted another woman on Tuesday

A man posing as a police officer tried to “arrest” a Vancouver Island woman on Tuesday, according to police.

Mounties in Campbell River believe the same man aggressively confronted another woman in her parked car that same afternoon.

The first woman was crossing the street when the fake cop approached her on foot, according to Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk, a spokesperson for the Campbell River RCMP.

“She was approached from behind by an unknown male,” Vlooswyk told Black Press. “He said something like, ‘I’m the police and you’re under arrest.’ She said no and she pulled away.”

The man didn’t make physical contact with her but “may have tried,” Vlooswyk said.

Police received a call about the incident at around 4 p.m. The woman told police the unknown male backed off because witnesses were watching the scene unfold.

“She says there were people that were watching, so the unidentified guy left her alone,” Vlooswyk said.

The suspect was then picked up by someone driving a “white vehicle,” Vlooswyk said. He couldn’t specify what kind of vehicle it was.

READ MORE: Six deadly crashes on B.C. highways prompt police warning

READ MORE: Police in Ontario resort to ‘naming and shaming’ drunk drivers

She told police the man seemed “off” – possibly due to mental illness, drugs or alcohol – and described him as a Caucasian male in his 30s with short dark hair, wearing all-black clothing and white runners.

Soon afterwards, police received a report of an aggressive man confronting a woman in her parked car.

“This unidentified male started pounding on her window,” Vlooswyk said, adding that the man became more agitated when she called the police.

“Again, she wasn’t sure whether it was mental health issues or drugs or alcohol,” Vlooswyk said.

This second woman described the man along the same lines: “a Caucasian male wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, white runners, in his 30s, (with) short dark greying hair.”

Vlooswyk called the stories “disturbing,” especially because the man was trying to pass himself off as a police officer in the first case.

He said it’s important for people to be vigilant and watch out for each other.

“It there’s something that looks out of the ordinary, it probably is,” he said. “Maybe take a minute to have a look and if it’s suspicious, give us a call.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Heather Smart poses with her certificate as the first women in a decade to earn this credential in the Kootenays. (Photo submitted)
Local shift boss blazing the way for women

Heather Smart is the first women in the Kootenays in ten years to receive this certification

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Interior Health reports 2 more deaths, 83 new COVID-19 cases

Health authority also identifies new virus cluster in Fernie

A pair of Okanagan Regional Library reference librarians have created a podcast called Hard Cover that takes a zany but informative look at books, libraries and librarians. (File photo)
Okanagan reference librarians produce quirky podcast

Davin Helkenberg and Peter Critchley are behind Hard Cover

South Columbia Search and Rescue called in the Nelson Search and Rescue and Kootenay Valley Helicopters to provide a long line rescue. Photo: BCSAR submitted.
Long-line rescue needed for injured hiker near Trail

Members of South Columbia and Nelson SAR and Kootenay Valley Helicopters did a long-line evacuation

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
4 more deaths, 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

This brings the total to 66 deaths in the region

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

Crown prosecutors have stayed attempted murder charges against Kelowna’s Jesse Pez. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Man accused in Kelowna Halloween stabbing has attempted murder charge stayed

The Crown only proceeds with charges when evidence provides ‘a substantial likelihood of conviction’

RCMP released this photo on Jan. 27, 2021 of Terrance Jones, 40, a Caucasian man with a closely shaved head, brown eyes, dirty blonde or brown hair, and a thin mustache and beard. The inside of his right arm is covered in tattoos, including one of a face. (Kamloops RCMP photo)
RCMP want public’s help to locate Shuswap man wanted on charge of attempted murder

Sicamous man was arrested previously on Jan. 11 for allegedly breaching conditions of release

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Former Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane is seen here in Game 7 of the second round of the 2009 WHL playoffs against the Spokane Chiefs (Sam Chan under Wikipedia Commons licence)
Gambling debts revealed in details of bankruptcy filing by hockey star Evander Kane

Sharks left winger and former Vancouver Giants player owes close to $30 million total

Othman “Adam” Hamdan, pictured in front of Christina Lake’s Welcome Centre, was acquitted of terrorism related charges in 2017. He has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorism charges awaits deportation trial while living in Kootenays

Othman Ayed Hamdan said he wants to lead a normal life while he works on his upcoming book

B.C. Premier John Horgan wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 prior to being sworn in by The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia during a virtual swearing in ceremony in Victoria, Thursday, November 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Premier Horgan calls jumping COVID vaccine queue ‘un-Canadian’

Horgan says most people in B.C. are doing their best to follow current public health guidelines

Most Read