Police are looking for a man in relation to at least three instances in which he followed female joggers on the New York Central Trail, which runs connects Russell and Embrun.
In each case, the women were disturbed enough by the man’s actions to call police, said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) spokesperson Tammy Barnes.
This first incident was reported on September 30. Police received additional reports on October 2 and October 12. All three incidents were reported between 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m., on the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail, in Embrun.
The exact location of the incidents varied. In one case, the suspect approached a female jogger near the Giant Tiger. The male suspect was also spotted near the dog park and on the trail just east of the Embrun OPP detachment.
“Mostly he follows the women with his bicycle, but he was also seen on foot. In most cases, when he sees a female on foot, he puts down his bike and tries to follow her on foot and engage her,” said Barnes.
She said that in each occasion, the women managed to avoid the man.
The suspect is described as being a white male between the ages of 25 and 30. He is between 5’5” and 5’8” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.
If you come into contact with this person, you are advised to avoid him and call police.
“We will have to see if his actions warrant criminal charges. So far, they do not, but his behaviour is concerning,” said Barnes.
Anyone with information relating to this individual, including any other women who man have come into contact with him in similar circumstances, are urged to call the Embrun detachment of the OPP at tel. 613.443.4499. They can also call the OPP toll free at 1.888.310.1122
- This story was updated on October 13, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. The OPP originally reported that the incidents took place on the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail, when in fact the incidents took place on the New York Central Trail. Both trails are linked via the road network and appear on the same map.