Erratic behaviour cause for concern

Police looking for suspect who pointed a gun at someone, then offered to help change a tire.

Kelowna RCMP are looking to identify a suspect after receiving a report of a strange set of circumstances that occurred in early November.

On Nov.4, 2014, at about 12:30 a.m., an 18-year-old Kelowna woman and a 22-year-old Vernon man returned to the parking lot of the Willow Park Church, located at 439 Highway 33 West, to retrieve a vehicle.

As the pair pulled in to the parking lot, they saw a man on Highway 33 near the entrance to the church. They then discovered the woman’s car now had a flat tire and they proceed to fix it.

The Vernon man retrieved tools from the trunk of the car and turned around to find the man he had seen earlier only a few feet away. The unknown suspect was allegedly pointing a black handgun at the Vernon man but put it away after asking if the young man was going to hit him with the tire iron.

The suspect hung around while the two changed the flat tire, even offering to help at one point. The man continued to act erratically and allegedly brandished a knife but never otherwise threatened harm.

Once they had changed the flat tire, the suspect apologized and walked away, headed westbound on Highway 33.

The suspect is described as:

Caucasian male

Heavy build

Called himself “Damien”

The suspect was last seen wearing:

White t-shirt

Dark hoodie

Baggy Jeans

Flat-brim ballcap

Neither the man nor the woman was injured during the bizarre isolated incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Angulo, at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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