UPDATE: Woodstock Police Force complete investigation of unusual incident

by | Dec 5, 2023

Student encounter in Kirkpatrick Street, Connell Park Road area involved two vehicles and posed no known threat

The Woodstock Police issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 5, updating a press release earlier in the day detailing an incident where a student was approached by a dark-coloured SUV, asking to use their cell phone.

“A very short time later, the student saw the vehicle again, but on this occasion, heard someone yelling for help from the back seat,” the second release explained.

The WPF update explained the police investigation revealed “that the complainant, in fact, saw two different vehicles.”

“In the second encounter, four youths in a very similar vehicle were wrestling in the back, and one began hitting the window while yelling for help,” the update statement explained. “The witness thought that the vehicle that had asked to borrow their phone was the same one from which they heard someone yelling for help.”

The Woodstock police said it completed the investigation, finding nothing of a criminal nature.

“We extend our gratitude to the public for their assistance and appreciate the students who came forward, enabling the police to resolve the matter,” the second release said. 

The Woodstock Police Force’s first statement on Tuesday said the incidents occurred between 8:20 and 8:25 a.m. Tuesday on Kirkpatrick St and Connell Park Road in Woodstock.

Police explained a male driver and a female passenger in a dark-coloured SUV asked to use her cell phone, but the student refused.

Woodstock Police Force Deputy Chief Mark Bennett said the police would like more information about the two people in the SUV.

“Although there is no criminality, the police are still interested in identifying the two adults who asked the complainant for her phone in an effort to determine their motive for asking,” he said.

He asked that anyone with information to contact the Woodstock police at 506-325-4601.

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