‘Jumped right in front of her car’: Maple Bay mom warning drivers after Monday incident

A Maple Bay mother is warning people to be vigilant after two men tried to break into her daughter's car on Feb. 26, 2024. CHEK News is blurring their faces because police have not confirmed they are looking for any suspects.

A Maple Bay mother is issuing a warning to drivers after her daughter was stopped by two men on the road who then tried to open her car doors.

Julie Grimsson says she was sitting down for dinner on Monday around 6:45 p.m. when her daughter called.

“She called me frantically on her cell phone, really upset. I couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say,” Grimsson tells CHEK News.

“But eventually she got it out that she had been driving down the road and she saw two men on the right side of the road. One was on the road a little bit so she had to go around him and as she went to drive around him, he jumped right in front of her car.”

Grimsson says her daughter slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the man, at which point the second man came to her passenger side and tried opening the door, while the man in front of the car tried to open the driver’s side door.

“She said they were screaming and yelling at her,” Grimsson said. “She started crying and screaming and thankfully her intuition was to just floor it and drive away as fast as she could.”

Grimsson says her daughter has a new enough car that the doors lock automatically when driving, so they were not able to get into the car.

She posted the incident to Facebook, warning others to be mindful. At which point she heard from two other parents that a similar incident happened to their high-school-aged girls.

“Same time, same place and had the same experience as my daughter,” Grimsson said. “So it appears that they were targeting young women for some reason.”

Grimsson was also contacted by a man who had a similar incident happen in the same area, but the men jumped in front of his car but did not try to open the doors. The man caught the incident on dashcam footage and provided it to Grimsson.

CHEK News reached out to RCMP for more information, and they say they are aware and investigating. The faces of the man in the video and photo has been blurred because police have not confirmed a criminal investigation or that they are looking to identify those involved.

Watch the dashcam footage below:

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