Greenway groper sought

Police are issuing a warning to women who use the Mission Park Greenway to exercise caution after three incidents of groping were reported within the last week.

Police are issuing a warning to women who use the Mission Park Greenway to exercise caution after three incidents of groping were reported  within the last week.

On May 15, at 3:15 p.m., a 49-year-old female was sitting on a rock beside Mission Creek when a male approached her from behind, reached around and groped her.

The incident lasted only a couple of seconds before the male retreated and was seen, by the shocked victim, getting on a mountain bike and riding down the greenway trail towards Gerstmar Road.

The victim described her assailant as Caucasian, in his 30s and clean shaven.

About 15 minutes later, a second incident occurred when a male rode by a man and woman, who were on their bicycles on the greenway near Banks Road.

The male, matching the description of the suspect in the first incident, turned around, jumped off his bike and ran up behind the 25-year-old woman, groping her from behind.

The male then jumped back on his mountain bike and rode southbound on the greenway.

And on May 18 at 7:45 p.m., a 57-year-old woman was walking alone on the greenway near Gordon Drive when a man rode by her on a bicycle.

Five minutes later she was approached from behind by the same male, who groped her before hurriedly riding away towards Gordon Drive.

The suspect was described as Caucasian, in his late 30s with a medium build and short brown hair.

None of the victims were injured in the incidents but were left shocked and upset by the experience.

Police are asking persons using the Mission Greenway to be wary and not to walk alone.

If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Kelowna Capital News