Coquitlam RCMP need help finding pedestrian in ‘road rage’ attack, Report

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Coquitlam RCMP need help finding pedestrian in 'road rage' attack, Report
Coquitlam RCMP need help finding pedestrian in 'road rage' attack, Report

COQUITLAM RCMP say they need to speak to a woman who is accused of punching a passenger in a car, and if you recognize the suspect and her colourful shoes, you can help.

Police began their investigation on July 4 at about 8:15 p.m., when two women got into an altercation at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam.

The complainant was a passenger in a car. She said two female pedestrians gave her the finger. One of those young women allegedly punched the complainant through an open window, according to Cpl. Michael McLaughlin.

He said: “Obviously we’re only getting one side of this story. We’d like to speak to the two other women who were involved in this file or any witness who saw this event or recognizes the suspect.”

The complainant took a photo of the suspect as she ran away, and while the suspect’s back is to the camera, some important details were observed. She’s described as:

– A possibly white female of medium height
– Appears to be in her late teens
– Long blonde hair, with dark roots, worn in a high ponytail
– Wearing a pair of yellow, red and black Nike Jordan AJ1 Mids, tight grey shorts and a tight, long-sleeved black top.

Angry confrontations on roadways are a common complaint to police who offer some tips on avoiding them:

– Avoid escalating: Don’t roll down your windows or get out of your car to continue an argument
– Exercise compassion: Many people are stressed, or just unreasonable, and may lash out. Try to be empathetic, be the bigger person, and drive (or walk) away,

– Drive safely: Aggressive driving often starts confrontations. Slow down, drive more safely, and never use your vehicle to intimidate someone

– Call police: If anyone starts crossing the line and someone’s physical safety might be threatened, call 911 right away.

Coquitlam RCMP say that if you know the suspect, ask her to call police. Their investigators have an open mind and want to hear her side of the story. The Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number is 604-945-1550 and the investigator is Constable. Bret Roach (file 2020-17432).

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