The Canadian Press has identified three people who were among those who reported receiving a report about a “lone leiter” in Halifax.
The information was given to a local media outlet, and the person who reported it to the Halifax police, according to a report in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
The report described the man as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds with a shaved head and shaved eyebrows.
He had a dark beard and was wearing a black jacket.
The newspaper said he had been seen in a park in the early morning hours of May 26, 2017.
The paper reported he told the newspaper he had just dropped his daughter off at school when he heard a noise, saw a white van and drove toward it.
Police said they could not confirm if the report was credible, but the newspaper reported that the man said he saw a police car outside his house, and that police told him to stay in his home because they were worried for his safety.
A witness who spoke to the Chronicle Herald described the suspect as being “extremely thin” with a “slim build” and wearing a dark-coloured jacket.
Police also said the suspect had “black hair and black eyes.”
The man told the Chronicle newspaper he lived in a house with his wife and children, and “had just dropped off her at school.”
Police said the woman’s father was also in the neighbourhood.
A report from a different media outlet identified the person as a woman, about 30 years old, with a dark complexion.
The Halifax Chronicle reported the woman had “dark hair and dark eyes.”
Both media outlets also reported the man told them he was a retired military officer who worked as a contractor and that he had lived in the area for two years.
He was described as being in his 40s, with “long grey hair” and a “large, bald head.”
Police did not release a description of the suspect, who they said was known to the police department and was working for a company called J.D. Power Solutions.
Police did say they received a tip from the public about the person and were investigating it.
A man was seen driving a white Ford F150 pickup truck in the vicinity of a building on May 27, 2017, that was damaged in an earlier incident.
Police were called to the scene.
Officers were not able to locate the vehicle.
A woman who was in the same building the day of the incident told CBC News that she saw a man wearing a white coat, a black baseball cap and a red hat walking through the street, walking with a white cane, and said the man appeared to be a leopard.
“I was walking down the street and he said ‘what do you think of the news’ and he took his cane and he started walking down and I think he was talking to someone else, but I didn’t really know what he was saying,” the woman said.
The woman said she didn’t see a vehicle involved in the incident, but she did see the man leave the building and the police were able to find the truck.
She said the driver had a light jacket on.
Police told CBC the truck was not damaged in the May 27 incident.
A spokesperson for the Halifax Police Service said the investigation is ongoing.