North Bay police are warning of several incidents of unknown men following women during the evening and early morning hours.
Three instances occurred in a similar fashion. They describe them this way.
A woman is walking alone, either at night or in the early morning, and sees an unknown man approaching from in front. When she is close to the man, he changes direction and begins following her.
The incidents were described as taking place at or near:
- Both Trout Lake Road and Fischer St., at approximately 5 a.m.
- Percy Street and Cassells St. at approximately 6:30 p.m.
- High Street at night
In two of these incidents, descriptions of the men were supplied.
- Approximately 50 years of age, unknown height, wearing a blue jacket; and
- Unknown age, approximately 5’10”, wearing a blue face mask, all black clothing, and a black hoodie with a large white image on the back of the hoodie. This man was also seen speaking with another unknown man described as an older male, unknown age, unknown height, wearing all denim.
None of the incidents reported involved physical, verbal, or sexual assault and police do not believe there is an imminent threat to public safety.
Police advise you to be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night and in the early morning. If you believe you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
The information is being used to target crime prevention patrols.
Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation is asked to call the North Bay Police Service’s Non-Emergency line at 705-472-1234.
For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.