Police identify person of interest in Vancouver stalking incident

Mar 21 2021, 8:42 am

Vancouver Police have identified a person of interest in the case of a woman who was stalked through the city’s downtown earlier this week.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) said that officers arrested a 33-year-old man on March 19 for assaulting a woman.

“From this investigation, officers have identified a person of interest in the stalking case,” said Constable Tania Visintin.

According to VPD, the suspect is being held in jail, and assault charges have been recommended to Crown counsel.

On March 17, Jamie Coutts was walking home from a trip to Shoppers Drug Mart when she sensed she was being followed.

“I quickly stepped off the sidewalk to let the person pass, instead of passing they just stopped and stared at me,” she said.

The man followed Coutts for 40 minutes as she looped around blocks and ran through yellow lights trying to deter him.

In a video of the incident which Coutts shared on social media, the man can be seen following closely behind her as she walks through the city.

She eventually stopped at a skate park and sat down with a group of strangers, hoping that if the man tried to do anything there would at least be witnesses.

The man stopped and stared at the group for a few minutes before finally leaving.

However, Coutts does not believe that the person who police arrested is the same one who followed her on Wednesday.

“This man is still not found. The one who was arrested is a different guy,” she wrote on social media, accompanied by a photo of the man who followed her.

VPD said the investigation into the stalking incident is ongoing.

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