VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man has been charged after a woman, who recorded a video that has now been viewed thousands of times, reported being followed by a stranger in Vancouver last month.
The 33-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with one count of criminal harassment in the case.
Jamie Coutts shared a seven-minute video of the March 17 incident. She said she was followed by the man for 40 minutes in the Tinseltown area. Reacting to the news that charges had been approved, Coutts said she is hopeful police have found the man responsible for her ordeal.
"I want nothing more than this to be the man but I want more than just their word." After a #Vancouver woman was followed by a stranger for 40 minutes, charges have now been laid. @AshleyBurr_ hears from the woman in the video, who says she's tentatively relieved. pic.twitter.com/khAbtrIfxk
— CityNews Vancouver (@CityNewsVAN) April 16, 2021
The suspect, Mohammed Majidpour, is also facing several charges related to other incidents in Downtown Vancouver:
- One count of criminal harassment in connection to an incident that occurred March 13 near Dunsmuir and Granville Street
- One count of mischief in connection to an incident that occurred March 14 at a hotel on Burrard Street
- One count of break and enter in connection to an incident that occurred March 16 at a hotel on Burrard Street
- One count of assault with a weapon in connection to an incident that occurred March 19 near Bute and Robson Street
- One count of uttering threats in connection to an incident that occurred March 19 near Bute and Robson Street
Majidpour remains in custody.
At one point in Coutts’ video, you can see something in the man’s hand that he ends up tucking into his bag. Coutts, still recording, later approaches a group of skateboarders. The man is seen hesitating before eventually walking away.
She told NEWS 1130 she stayed with the skateboarders for 15 minutes and contacted police shortly after.
Coutts has said after she posted the video, she was inundated with messages from other women, saying they have had similar interactions with a similar man.
She said the reason she chose to record the incident is that she was worried about what would happen if the man saw her calling 911.
A week after sharing her story, Coutts told us she received dozens of hurtful messages, including one threatening one.
“I would say there was close to 30,000 messages,” she told CityNews Vancouver, noting the vast majority were supportive.
But she estimated as many as 40 messages were negative and hurtful, including swearing and name-calling.
Coutts said there was “one quite descriptive, threatening message,” noting she’s reported the incident and it is “being dealt with.”
She said the ordeal left her with a heightened level of anxiety, but she had no regrets.
“It was a really, really scary thing that happened. Luckily I came out unharmed, physically, and I have absolutely no regrets. I think that it’s so important right now with all the women going missing to raise awareness,” she said.
-With files from Lisa Steacy and Ashley Burr