A 35-year-old man was arrested in South Kamloops on Thursday morning after a 12-year-old girl walking to school rushed to her friend’s house when a man called out and followed her.
Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodie Shelkie said the girl was walking to pick up a friend en route to Lloyd the George elementary at about 8 a.m. when a man walking down the street called out to her.
“Since she didn’t know the man, and he appeared to be following her, the student quickly went to her friend’s house,” Shelkie said. “The friend’s mother saw the stranger as he approached her property. She called the police.”
Shelkie said officers arrived, spoke to the man and found him to be impaired. She said the man claimed the incident was a case of mistaken identity, that he thought he knew the girl, which is why he was calling out to the girl and following her.
Shelkie said police learned the man was wanted on warrants out of the Lower Mainland and was arrested
He remains in custody as he awaits a court appearance.