West Vancouver – Person of Interest Identified; no criminal offence occurred.
WVPD has made contact with the individual shown in the Park Royal security footage, and he has fully cooperated with this investigation. We have concluded that no needle was used, and no criminal offence occurred. Officers have informed impacted parties.
“The initial information presented was sufficiently concerning to our investigators that we sought assistance from the public to identify this person,” said Sergeant Chris Bigland. “His cooperation allowed us to promptly provide answers to the complainant and give us enough clarity to assure the public that there is no risk to their safety.”
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13 December 2023. File Number 23-15633
Public Assistance Requested in Assault Investigation
West Vancouver – The West Vancouver Police are seeking public assistance in identifying a male involved in a strange incident at Park Royal Mall. On the afternoon of December 7th, an unknown male followed the victim inside the mall for a short period of time, before bumping the victim in the upper arm as he walked past.
The following day, the victim noticed his arm had become red and sore. He was examined by a physician, who was concerned that he may have been pricked with a needle. As a precaution, the victim has been prescribed medication and requires regular blood tests.
“The victim in this case is, quite rightfully, concerned about their health and would like to know what he may have been exposed to.” said Sgt Mark McLean “Our investigators are unclear if an Assault occurred here and would like to speak with the male in question to determine exactly what happened.”
This incident was captured on CCTV and the unknown male is described as olive skinned, thin build, and wearing glasses, a black and blue jacket, blue jeans, black and white running shoes, and carrying a green reusable shopping bag.
Anyone recognizing the male is asked to contact the West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300 and quote file # 23-15633