Cyclist threatened with gun
Crime: RCMP also seek driver involved in collision
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 01:33 pm
Okotoks RCMP are looking to track down a man who threatened a cyclist on Highway 22X with what appeared to be a firearm.
At approximately 4 p.m. on July 26 a man was cycling eastbound along the shoulder of Highway 22X when he was approached by a pickup truck.
A male passenger in the truck yelled obscenities at the cyclist and then pointed a handgun at him.
The cyclist did not know the man who threatened him.
The truck is described as a white pickup, and the male suspect is a Caucasian male, approximately 30 years old with a bald head.
Okotoks RCMP Staff Sgt. Jim Ross said it’s difficult to know whether the handgun was real or a replica.
Either way, he said police take it seriously when someone threatens another person with a firearm.
“It’s still an offense regardless, they pointed it at him and continued on after,” he said. “It obviously would be unnerving for the individual.”
RCMP are also looking for a help identifying a driver who was going the wrong way on Highway 2A and forced another vehicle to roll into the ditch.
Okotoks RCMP say witnesses reported a silver Ford SUV was travelling south in the northbound lane just after 7 p.m. on July 27 about one kilometer south of the intersection with Highway 7 and the Petro Canada gas station.
An oncoming Chevrolet Tahoe was forced to pull onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and in the process lost control and rolled into the ditch. In the process, the Tahoe hit the side of a southbound Chevrolet Traverse.
The Ford SUV initially stopped, but then left the scene before police arrived.
High River RCMP Integrated Traffic Services, Okotoks firefighters and EMS all responded to the scene.
Three occupants in the Tahoe were taken to hospital with injuries and the lone person in the Traverse wasn’t injured.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident and may be able to identify the driver of the Ford SUV to come forward to help the investigation.
Anyone who may information in either case is asked to contact Okotoks RCMP at 403-995-6400, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).