Monday, 11 June 2018

Report of alleged suspicious male and misinformation on social media

RCMP Alberta – On June 10, the RCMP responded to a complaint of a male making a hand gesture. An investigation has led to no evidence to suggest that anything criminal has occurred. The RCMP are assuring community members that there is no public safety concern.

At 6:30 p.m., Chestermere RCMP received a complaint concerning a suspicious occurrence in the Cove area of Chestermere. It was reported that a male was walking along a pathway behind a residence and made some form of a hand gesture toward two youths jumping on a back yard trampoline. As a result both youths went inside their home and told a parent. Although no further observation was made or reported, this interaction caused concern for the parents.

Chestermere members conducted patrols of the area to locate the individual, unsuccessfully. There were no other complaints in relation to this male. Enquiries in the neighbourhood identified video surveillance of a male wearing a dark hoodie who was otherwise not doing anything suspicious. Based on the cold, windy and rainy weather, the male appeared dressed appropriately for the conditions.

Significant local social media activity has been generated with comments warning the public about an attempted abduction. The Chestermere RCMP would like to clarify that while there was a report of a hand gesture made by a male on a park walkway, there was no other reported nefarious behaviour from the male. The male did not make any attempt to approach the two youths, nor was there any indication he left the walking path.

“The RCMP has investigated this complaint and we have not identified a safety concern. The community can trust that if we do identify a concern we will advise the public” says Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz of the Chestermere RCMP.

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