VPD seek witnesses to "possibly violent" incident involving woman in distress

Mar 11 2021, 9:28 am

Vancouver Police are investigating what they believe was a “serious” incident involving a man and woman outside an East Vancouver Walmart on Sunday, and are now asking anyone who saw what happened to call police immediately.

“We don’t know exactly what happened, but we believe a woman may have been in distress, and we urgently need to find out more,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison. “We think a number of people saw this confrontation but left the area before speaking to police.”

According to Addison, investigators believe the incident occurred around 8:15 pm on Sunday night, in the parking lot outside the Walmart on Grandview Highway near Boundary Road.

“A number of people say they saw or heard a possibly violent confrontation between a man and woman, who were said to be standing near a black Dodge Challenger,” he explained.

VPD officers were close by and “responded quickly to a 911 call,” but the vehicle drove away before the officers arrived and, so far, has not been located.

“Unfortunately, none of the first-hand witnesses stayed behind to speak to police, and the man and woman involved in the confrontation have not been located,” Addison furthered.

“We don’t know the relationship between the two people involved in this incident, whether anyone was injured, or even if there was a crime,” he said. “We’d like [to] speak to anyone who saw what happened, or even with the man and woman who were involved so we can better understand what happened.”

The primary witness is believed to be a white man in his 60s with grey hair and a beard. He was driving a grey SUV.

Anyone who can help identify the primary witness or the people involved in the incident is asked to call detectives at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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