Bizarre incident sparks warning from Vernon RCMP…

Man allegedly slaps woman on buttocks three times in a six-block radius in downtown Vernon early Saturday morning

A butt-slapping man has attracted the attention of the Vernon RCMP.

A 34-year-old Vernon woman called 911 Saturday at 1:30 a.m. to report a man was following her and had slapped her on the buttocks.

He reportedly did this three times in the area beween Canada Safeway on 30th Avenue and 41st Street.

There was no other form of contact, other than a bizarre statement the man allegedly made to the woman after she swore at him.

“According to the woman, the suspect made a strange comment, stating ‘I am only 11, they can’t do anything,’” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“What it appears is there was a first contact near Safeway, some time went by and he approached her  and slapped her again, then slapped her a third time.”

The suspect is described as an aboriginal man who appeared to be in his 20s, between six-feet-and six-foot-two, and was wearing white shorts and a tucked-in shirt.

“The police are very concerned about this incident,” said Molendyk. “They are asking anyone with any information about this suspect to please call them at the police office or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477).”

The detachment would also like to remind everyone who is walking home late to take safety precautions. If possible, do not walk alone or walk in well-traveled, well-lit areas.