RCMP say man at centre of viral Cowichan ‘warning’ posed no threat

RCMP say man at centre of viral Cowichan 'warning' posed no threat

File photo.

File photo.

A man seen standing outside a Duncan woman’s rear door in a widely-shared Facebook post may have been intoxicated but posed no threat, according to RCMP.

The post, which was published on Thursday, shows a photo of a man at the door of a house on 2200-block of Tzouhalem Road while a dog looks on.

“This scumbag POS tried to get into my sister house this morning. He tried all her doors WHILE she was standing there looking back at him on the phone with 911,” the woman who posted the photo wrote. “He was arrested BUT there was also another person that took off before the police arrived. Keep your doors and windows locked up tight. He was NOT at all threatened at having been seen or that she had called the police. He just shrugged his shoulders.”

However,  RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Annie Linteau said police attended after the woman who lived at the residence reported a man was trying to gain access to her house.

“When police arrived, the man was located and appeared confused.  Upon speaking to him further, police determined that the man may have thought that the residence was known to him.  Alcohol and/or drugs appear to have been a factor in this incident,” she said in a statement.

“There is nothing to suggest that this man was a threat to the homeowner but we can certainly appreciate that this incident would have been very unsettling.  We are pleased that she reported the incident to the police so that the man could be removed from her property. ”

Linteau also said there was no indication that any other people were involved in the incident.

The Facebook post has been shared nearly 2,000 times and attracted nearly 400 comments.

Linteau said people sharing the post should be mindful that the individual has not been charged in relation to the incident and “and appears to have made a mistake while potentially being under the influence.”

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