Following an attempted car jacking near Westholme, RCMP are encouraging drivers to keep their windows rolled up and their doors locked while traveling.
A woman was driving along Chemainus Road near the Halalt Reserve about 10 p.m. on Jan. 19 when a man jumped out in front of her car, police said.
â€œShe was forced to stop her vehicle for a man standing in the middle of the road,â€ North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said in a press release. â€œThe woman slowed her vehicle to a near stop, and honked her horn to get the man’s attention.â€
While the man had the driver distracted, a second suspect emerged from nearby bushed and tried to enter the womanâ€™s vehicle.
â€œLuckily the vehicle doors were locked and the men were not able to get into the car,â€ Hobday said.
The driver then drove around the men, left the area, and called the police.
â€œThis was a very frightening situation for this woman, but thanks to her quick action she was able to get away and call for help,â€ Hobday said. â€œWhile this is an isolated incident, it serves as a good reminder to motorists to lock their doors, and be conscious of their surroundings at all times.â€
Extensive searching by officers with the help of a canine unit did not round up the two suspects. One of the men is described as tall and wearing a white hoodie while the second was clad in all black.
Police investigation revealed neighbours had seen a Caucasian man wearing a white or black hoodie walking up and down the road at night and looking into windows.
â€œThey had not reported these instances to police,â€ Hobday said.
Those with information about this incident are encouraged to call the North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).