Update (January 10): The Vancouver Police Department released additional photos of the suspect vehicle and are seeking dashcam footage from anyone driving in the area at the time of the incident. For more information, see this article.
After a child-abduction attempt was reported yesterday in South Vancouver, police are seeking help in identifying the suspect.
Around 3:20 p.m. on January 7, a 12-year-old girl was walking home from school near East 50th Avenue and Fraser Street when a red minivan approached her.
The driver got out of the van and asked her if she wanted to come with him.
She said no and ran back to her school where she notified school staff about the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male who appears to be in his mid-50s.
He has a pale complexion and is about 178 centimetres (five-feet, 10-inches) tall with a medium build. He has white hair, facial hair, and yellow teeth. At the time, he was wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans.
The VPD released photos of a red minivan (with tinted windows and a red work ladder on the roof) that is believed to have been in the area around the time of the incident.
Investigators are seeking to speak with the driver of this van or anyone who has information about it.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-0603 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This incident occurred one day after Whistler RCMP issued a warning that a male suspect attempted to lure a nine-year-old boy into his blue sedan-type vehicle with a promise of candy and a ride.
Back in December, Kelowna RCMP were investigating three reports of child-abduction attempts that took place in late November and early December.
On November 27, an 11-year-old girl reported being asked by a male suspect in a blue four-door sedan in West Kelowna to get into the backseat of his vehicle. On December 18, police released a composite sketch of the suspect who is described as being possibly in his mid-40s with tanned skin, a heavy build, possibly bald, a white bearded chin, and was wearing small circular silver glasses.
Then on December 1, a 10-year-old girl reported that a male driver in a silver vehicle offered her a ride near Barona Beach. The male suspect was described as appearing to be his 30s; being dark-skinned with a possible South Asian accent; and had dark hair, bushy eyebrows, a large nose, and a beard and mustache. Kelowna RCMP stated on December 18 that they located this suspect and followed up with him but criminality has not been proven and charges are not pending.
On December 2, a male driver asked a 15-year-old youth reported to get into his red minivan in West Kelowna. This male suspect is described as a white male who appeared to be in his 30s with a full beard and no mustache.
Kelowna RCMP were unable to confirm if there are connections between these incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.