Second series of sexually explicit phone calls targeting B.C. women at work

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      Although one man in B.C. was arrested earlier this year for a series of obscene and threatening phone calls to women, police are now seeking to identify a man making a separate series of sexually explicit calls across the province.

      On February 28, B.C. Lower Mainland RCMP issued a warning that a man had been calling women and making threats against their families or engaging in sexually explicit conversations.

      On May 16, 33-year-old Joel Perry was arrested in Qualicum Beach, B.C., for numerous threatening and indecent phone and video calls.

      Perry faced 70 charges, including 31 counts of harassing or indecent phone calls, 18 counts of criminal harassment, 13 counts of uttering threats, and eight counts of extortion.

      However, today (September 6) B.C. RCMP announced that a second series of calls has continued on, targeting women at businesses, including yoga/pilates studios and gyms, wellness offices, food and beverage outlets, clothing, toy stores, and home stores.

      Anyone who has recordings of these calls or who have not yet reported any calls are asked to contact police.

      Langley RCMP Cpl. Chad Mufford advised anyone receiving such a call to:

      • note the date, time, phone number calling, and the phone number the call was received on;
      • note what the caller said, including details about specific words used;
      • note any identifying features of the caller’s voice, such as tone, accent, speed, and level;
      • note any background noises, such as if it sounds as if the caller is inside a business, near a train, or other details;
      • report the incident to your local police.

      Anyone who has information about the person making these phone calls is asked to contact police. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

      On August 13, the Victoria Police Department also issued a similar warning as they had received reports of numerous obscene phone calls.