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UPDATE: Creeper propositions Brandon woman

13.06.2018 12:15
By: News Dept

Victim posts photo on social media to warn others

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Brandon resident Ashley Byers says she was approached by a man on the 400 block of Lorne Avenue Monday afternoon and propositioned for sex.

Byers said she immediately fled the area to call Brandon Police.

She spoke with BPS dispatch and was told they would follow up.

Byers spoke with Q Country news Tuesday afternoon after she posted the details on social media.

Brandon Police Constable Jeff Hoad says patrol cars did a sweep of the area soon after receiving the report Monday afternoon but were unable to locate the suspect.

BPS are asking the public's assistance in locating the man believed to be in his mid 20s.

Earlier this morning, Q Country news contacted Byers who said she had not yet heard from any BPS officer.

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - It's the kind of story you hear about on a television show like CSI or Law and Order. Not one that's commonly known in Brandon, Manitoba.

Local resident Ashley Byers, 30, says she was walking home from her job at Rolling Spokes at around 1:45pm on Monday, a walk she makes five days a week.

But this day was different. This was the day she was approached by a man, a stranger, as she turned onto the 400 block of Lorne Avenue.

"He asked me if I was going home. I said yes. He asked me if I was from Brandon. Then he asked if I had a boyfriend," said Byers. "That's when the hairs on the back of my neck kind of stood on end."

When he asked her if she wanted money and gesticulated towards a back alley, she turned and walked in the opposite direction.

Within seconds, she had called her father, who came running to help. He even managed to take a photo of the alleged suspect.

"He's about 25 years old  I'd say, and it seemed like he had a language barrier, but I couldn't say for sure," said Byers.

It's not a common incident here in this city, according to Brandon Police.

Cst. Jeff Hoad said, "It's a concern for sure, but I can't say it happens often. The best thing to do in this type of situation is to call the police, and then we can do our best to investigate the incident as soon as possible.

And that's exactly what Byers says she did - contact Brandon Police just minutes after the incident.

More than 36 hours after the harrowing experience, Byers said she still hasn't heard from police officers.

QCountry News checked with BPS, and confirmed they do have the report that Byers filed on Monday afternoon. 

She has also posted a warning on her Facebook page to watch out for the alleged suspect, complete with a side view of a man who is turning away from the camera. (photo above)

That post has been shared more than 1,100 times.

"I just want to make sure that nobody gets hurt, and that's why I contacted police," said Byers. "I reacted pretty quickly on gut or instinct or whatever. But what if this guy tries to approach someone younger or someone who is weaker?"