A woman has filmed the terrifying moment a stranger followed her for 40 minutes as she walked home from the shops.
Jamie Coutts, from Vancouver, posted the footage on Instagram around 5.30pm on Wednesday (local time) when she said she sensed someone was less than a metre behind her.
“I quickly stepped off the side walk to let the person pass, instead of passing they just stopped and stared at me,” she said, noting that she saw a man in a dark jacket and face mask.
“I then said ‘you’re walking to close to me’.
“He still didn’t say anything so I continue to walk with him still following behind me,” Ms Coutts said, adding that she then made a few loops around the block to make sure it was intentional.
Fearing her safety, she began filming him.
“I turned the camera into selfie mode so I could record him and watch what he was doing and how far he was from me at the same time,” Ms Coutts said, adding that it didn’t seem to deter the man.
She claimed he appeared to pull a knife from his pocket at one point before placing it in his bag.
In the footage, the man can be seen walking closely behind Ms Coutts and does appear to quicken his pace to keep up with her and she is seen looking nervous.
After several minutes, the young woman is heard asking a group of people if she could sit with them and explained the situation.
The group quickly welcomed her and the video is cut off.
Others claiming to be followed by same man
After posting about the incident online, Ms Coutts said she has received messages from other women in Vancouver who claim the same man has followed them.
When asked why she didn’t call the police, she said she thought it was more important to have video footage of him and stay in a public place.
“If I took away the camera I was nervous I wouldn’t catch him if he tries to do something,” she said.
Numerous supporters have flooded Ms Coutts’ social media page, thanking her for “sharing her story”.
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