Mom says knife-wielding woman entered home, asked to see baby
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:51PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:53PM PDT
A mother of two from B.C.'s Okanagan is living in fear after a bizarre encounter with a woman who allegedly walked into her home with a knife and asked to see her baby.
The victim, who did not want to be named for safety reasons, told CTV News she was pumping breastmilk when the stranger knocked on her door Wednesday morning before 9 a.m.
The door was unlocked, and after a few seconds the woman allegedly opened it and walked in without an invitation.
According to the victim, the intruder spoke in a calm voice and said, "I just wanted to see the baby."
It wasn't clear that she was armed, but the mom said alarm bells began ringing in her head immediately. The woman was wearing yellow gloves and what appeared to be a dark-coloured wig.
"Something told me she was weird right from the start," the victim said. "I just got a weird vibe."
The mom told the woman to leave and she obliged. But moments later she allegedly turned back around, pulled a knife from her waistband and rushed the door with the blade raised in the air.
"I screamed," the victim said. "I grabbed her arms and I just threw her out the front door and then I locked it."
Chilling surveillance video shows a suspect approaching the property before the encounter. She can be seen standing still for several seconds before walking up to the door.
The video also captured the moment she was shoved away from the home with a large knife in her hand.
Osoyoos RCMP were called to the home and managed to identify a 45-year-old suspect, but it took until Thursday afternoon for them to track the woman down.
As disturbing as the alleged incident was, Sgt. Jason Bayda said authorities don’t think the public was in danger.
"We do believe this was an isolated incident," Bayda told Castanet. "Can't get into reasons why but we don't believe the public is at risk."
The RCMP expects the suspect will be criminally charged.
The victim believes she's seen the woman around her home before, including a few times when she approached their property and spoke to her husband while he was in the yard.
She's terrified there will be a second encounter if the suspect is released from custody.
"I'm scared to leave my house but I'm also scared to stay here," she said. "I think she wants to kidnap my baby."
With files from CTV Vancouver's David Molko