Vernon police are looking for information about a man who reportedly threatened a sex trade worker with a gun in August.
On Aug. 28, a woman told police she had been threatened by a man with a gun in the Salmon River Road area in the North Okanagan.
“Investigators have established that a woman had attended a pre-arranged meeting with a man in the area of Salmon River Rd in the North Okanagan,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a statement. “The meeting had been set up via an online website utilized by escorts and sex workers.”
Upon meeting in the women's car, the man threatened her with a gun, before she was able to flee the area unharmed.
Police arrested a 36-year-old man who lives in the area, but he was released without charges.
Police are now reaching out to the public in search of more information about this incident or similar incidents involving the same man, as the investigation continues.
The man who was arrested is described by police as a 5-foot-6, 140 pound man with blue eyes and dirty blonde hair. Police say he is a known drug user.
“In light of this incident, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP encourages the public and especially escorts and sex workers that they take any measures that they deem necessary to safeguard their personal safety,” Cpl. Moskaluk said.
Police have asked anyone with information to call the RCMP at 250-545-7171.