Two men wanted after Westholme carjacking attempt

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.

"She was forced to stop her vehicle for a man standing in the middle of the road," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said in a press release. "The woman slowed her vehicle to a near stop, and honked her horn to get the man’s attention."

While the man had the driver distracted, a second suspect emerged from nearby bushes and tried to enter the woman’s vehicle.

"Luckily the vehicle doors were locked and the men were not able to get into the car," Hobday said.

The driver then drove around the men, left the area, and called the police.

"This was a very frightening situation for this woman, but thanks to her quick action she was able to get away and call for help," Hobday said. "While 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."

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.

"They had not reported these instances to police," 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).

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