Whistler RCMP are seeking a person of interest from an incident on Aug. 29 outside a local restaurant.
At 8 p.m. police received a complaint that 20 minutes earlier a man had approached two boys, age six and eight, asking them if they would play with him in the woods. When the boys refused, the man called them a name and left without incident.
Police had originally called the encounter a possible abduction attempt, but have reclassified the case to suspicious behaviour.
Police are looking for a white male with a medium build in his 50s. He was approximately five-feet ten-inches tall with balding blonde hair. He was clean shaven and could possibly be wearing glasses.
"Whistler RCMP conducted extensive foot and vehicle patrols in the village as soon as the complaint came in, and we are all keeping an eye out for anyone matching that description," Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair said. "No other incidents were reported but the RCMP would still like to remind the public to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on any unattended children. Our members will continue patrols in an effort to identify this person and the motive for his behaviour."
Back to school
Police are out in force, patrolling school zones again advising drivers to obey posted speed limits. Whistler RCMP issued one violation ticket on the first day of school Sept. 3, and will continue patrolling school zones as a priority for the remainder of the school year.
Police had stopped a vehicle in Day Lot 3 Aug 30 when they noticed a second vehicle in Day Lot 2 cross lots then loop around back to where she entered. After concluding their first vehicle stop at around 10:30 p.m., police approached the second to find a female driver with a strong odour of alcohol and red, glossy, bloodshot eyes. Two Approved Screening Device tests showed two samples of fail, whereupon the 60-year-old Whistler driver was given an immediate 90-day road-side prohibition and a 30-day impound of her vehicle.
Early morning Aug. 31 a Whistler hotel guest reported his room had been broken into and a backpack stolen the previous evening. It is believed the thief gained access through a ground-level, unlocked patio door. The backpack contained two pairs of Oakley sunglasses, a watch and other belongings. Fortunately for the guest, a computer and iPad were not taken. Police are reminding the public to ensure patio doors are locked at all times.
In the afternoon of Aug. 31 Pemberton RCMP received a report of a man believed to be in breach of bail, to avoid a specific area of town. Police attended, but soon confirmed the man reported on, but his brother. The man was free to leave, but peeled away screeching his tires. He failed to yield on Portage Road and sped off in excess of the posted speed limit. As the police pursued the driver stopped the car on a curb then fled on foot, ignoring verbal instructions to stop and running into a restaurant. Police arrested the man, a 25-year-old Pemberton resident, inside. At the detachment he was released on promise to appear in court on Nov. 14 for obstruction, and subsequently issued tickets for failing to stop for police and driving without due care.
Police spotted a vehicle in Pemberton Sept. 1 driving at high speed in reverse at a gas station parking lot. The vehicle performed reverse turn still at high speed then turned on the highway without signaling. Police tried stopping the vehicle on Highway 99 near Airport Road, but after failing to stop was followed further at regular speed. Police made two more attempts to stop the vehicle by boxing it in, but the driver swerved at both attempts. On the second attempt he left the roadway onto the grassy shoulder. As the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed police disengaged the pursuit. The Vehicle has since been located but the driver is still wanted by police. The suspect is a 23-year-old Pemberton male. It is expected he will face charges of obstructing a police officer and face several infractions of the motor vehicle act.
Punching the wrong guy
Police were on patrol in Whistler village when a staff from a nightclub approached and sought assistance with a man who had punched one of their coworkers. The victim received minor stitches to his left cheek. The victim reported he received the blow when someone else shoved the suspect, and he jumped in to intervene. The suspect, 25-year-old Delta male, was arrested for assault then released on condition to appear in court.
Police received two complaints recently of a man walking down the street wearing a red T-shirt and transparent plastic pants. He was not wearing underwear. The first incident happened on Aug. 1 at 4:45 p.m., when a complaint was received of the man walking away from a restaurant. The police initiated a patrol but could not locate the subject. Then on Sept. 1 at about 8 p.m., the police received another complaint of a man walking Oak Street and getting into a car. He too was wearing transparent pants with no underwear. Police continue to investigate and have a suspect in mind.