A 70-year-old woman awoke to find an intruder in her bedroom on Willow Road in Qualicum Beach early Wednesday morning, Aug. 16, 2017. Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the man. — J.R. Rardon photo

Intruder flees Qualicum Beach woman’s bedroom

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s assistance in locating suspect

Oceanside RCMP are on the lookout for a man who surprised a 70-year-old Qualicum Beach woman in her bedroom in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Aug. 16, 2017.

Police were called at approximately 4 a.m. with a report of an intruder who just fled from the home on Willow Road, according to an RCMP news release issued later Wednesday.

A 70 year old woman told police she awoke to a stranger in her bedroom. A short struggle ensued, then the male fled the residence.

The man is described as 5’8” to 5’10”, stocky build and may have been wearing a flattened type hat like a tam or beret.

A police dog was dispatched to the scene but, despite an extensive search, the suspect’s track was not located. Forensic investigators have been at the scene collecting evidence Wednesday and the neighbourhood will be canvassed for information, the RCMP release stated.

Police said they are unclear at this time what the man’s intentions were. It is believed he entered through an unlocked garage door.

The RCMP would like to remind the public, particularly in the warmer weather, to be aware of leaving exterior doors and windows unlocked.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

— NEWS Staff and RCMP news release