Although Halloween is just around the corner, Botwood residents are not impressed by one seemingly over-eager person.
An unknown individual, whom locals have nicknamed “the grudge,” has been scaring residents by using a long, black cloak, and a black mask, similar to those popular on Halloween, to frighten people at night.
The Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP has confirmed they have been receiving reports over the past week that this unknown masked person or persons have been stirring up scares and speculation in the community.
“We have some reports that (this person) has been jumping out from behind cars, or this person jumping out behind bushes, walking along the highway, and walking through people’s backyard,” said Cpl. Mike Fewer.
Cpl. Fewer said the local RCMP is investigating the matter, but they do believe it is some sort of prank or game.
He said the RCMP has received a lot of rumors, but few actual accounts and facts.
“There’s nothing to indicate this is criminal or sinister,” he said, adding police currently have no suspects.
Botwood Mayor Jerry Dean told the Advertiser he’s heard the rumors, and is aware of the scare they’re causing in the community.
“We are concerned about it,” said Dean. “Even if it is a prankster, adults might be able to handle it; it’d be really unfortunate for a younger person to look out their window and see something like that. That could leave a lasting impression.”
The RCMP is asking anyone who may know who is behind this to come forward so they can put to rest unnecessary fear.
Cpl. Fewer said if residents are faced with this person to not engage or approach him, just to leave and call the police.
“We know there are people out there that can help us…we don’t want anyone to be afraid to call us.” he said. “If there’s something criminal going on, we want to deal with it, but if its not, we want to let the public know this is not something they need to be concerned about.”