A frightening encounter

Madison Erhardt

A Kelowna woman is sounding the warning about a scary encounter on her way to work recently.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, was walking near Pandosy Street and Bernard Avenue early Aug. 1 when an interaction went horribly wrong. 

"On the other side of the street, I noticed that a man was walking in my direction. He was wearing a black hoodie, black sunglasses, and he had a black balaclava over his face," she said. 

"As soon as he saw me, he whipped a glass bottle at me. It luckily stopped short just in front of my feet, but it shattered all around me," the woman recalled. 

She rushed to her car and locked the doors, but noticed that the bottle thrower was still close by. 

"I looked at him to get a description of his clothing and then I called 911 right away. I then parked my car and realized this man had walked in the direction of my work. When I got out, there was a bunch of gentlemen standing in front of the Commissionaires building, so I explained what happened and one of them walked me to my office," she added. 
RCMP responded to the call, but the suspect had fled the scene by the time they arrived. 

"The woman reported last seeing the male enter a downtown alleyway. She later called back after she again spotted him on the 400 block of Leon Avenue," said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey.

Police checked several individuals in the area, he added.
"It's an ongoing problem ... There are a lot of women who work in the offices down here, and men, but the women in my office are scared coming to work," said the woman. "A lot of us have to start early in the morning, and if this is happening in broad daylight, what is it going to be like when its dark?"

Anyone with information is asked to call Kelowna RCMP. 

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