Kingston - Kingston Police has been notified multiple times from concerned citizens of a Facebook post circulating for the last few days from the local area which has been spreading and causing concern within the community. Kingston Police wish to clarify a few points. The post by a Facebook user states:
"Stay aware at the Taylor Kidd/Collins Bay road dog walking trails. A friends daughter encountered a man sitting in the woods just off the trails. She acknowledged him, but he said nothing. She kept walking and a short time later he appeared behind her with a strap garroted in his hands. She managed to flee the scene and reported the incident. The creepiest part is that she had noticed a squirrel cut in half with a knife when she first entered the trail."
Kingston Police has confirmed a report was taken from a female complainant that states on Monday, April 15 at approximately 4:45 pm she was on the set of popular walking trails located north off of Taylor-Kidd Blvd and just west of Collins Bay Rd when she came across a male holding a yellow strap in his hand but who did not appear to have a pet with him. The male followed the complainant for approximately 100 meters and then apparently stopped when two other persons walking their dog came into view.
The male is described as Caucasian, 20-23 years old, 6'0" tall, short dark brown buzz-cut hair, wearing a yellow-striped short-sleeved polo shirt, blue jeans and had a yellow and black backpack. Police checked the area with negative results and ran all of the licence plates parked in the area.
Kingston Police and the female complainant had the opportunity to speak in greater detail on Monday, April 22 to verify the information provided. She states the male was originally crouching in the bushes, which she felt to be strange. When she attempted to relieve some tension by remarking on the conditions of the trail his expression did not change and he made no attempt to respond to her, which she felt disconcerting.
The complainant further states that after she passed the male and looked behind her, he was now standing, facing her, holding what she describes as a piece of yellow tie-down strapping strung between, and wrapped around, his hands in the fashion of a garrote.
According to the complainant the male continued to follow her along the trail, making no further attempt to engage in conversation, causing her to be fearful. Only when she observed two other males walking their dog did she observe the suspicious male had not followed her out of the wooded area. When she returned to the entrance of the trail system off of Taylor-Kidd Blvd she did observe what is described as a mutilated carcass of a squirrel adjacent to the path. While the complainant concedes this may be an act of nature, given the unusual encounter with the male, she considered it worth mentioning.
Anyone with information is asked to call 613-549-4660 and provide the occurrence number of 13-10399 for reference. While this activity can be described as suspicious, no known criminal offence has occurred. Kingston Police want the community to be fully informed and aware of any concerning matters, and felt it prudent to advise of this updated and additional information.