Police warn of cycling groper on the Mission Park Greenway
Women are being asked to exercise caution along the Mission Park Greenway after three separate run-ins with a cycling groper were reported to police.
The first report came from a 49-year-old Kelowna woman who was sitting on a rock beside Mission Creek at around 3:45 p.m. May 15, when a man approached her from behind and reached around to grope her.
"The incident lasted only a couple of seconds and the male retreated and was seen by the shocked victim getting on a mountain bike and riding down the Greenway towards Gerstmar Road," said Const. Steve Holmes. The woman described her assailant as a clean shaven Caucasian in his 30s.
Around 15 minutes later, a second incident occurred when a man rode by a couple who were also on their bicycles on the Greenway near Banks Road.
"A man matching the description of the suspect in the first incident turned around, jumped off his bike and ran up behind the 25 year old woman, groping her from behind," said Holmes. "(He) then jumped back on his mountain bike and rode southbound on the Greenway."
Three days later, May 18 at 7:45 p.m., a 57-year-old woman was walking alone on the Greenway near Gordon Drive when man rode by her on a bicycle.
"Five minutes later she was approached from behind by the same man who groped her before hurriedly riding away towards Gordon Drive," said Holmes.
The suspect was described as Caucasian, in his late 30s with a medium build and short brown hair.
None of the victims were injured in the incidents but were left shocked and upset by the experience.
Police are asking persons using the Greenway to be wary and not to walk alone. Also carry a cell phone to summon help in a timely fashion, and/or to take a picture if the phone is so equipped.
If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.