Surrey RCMP investigating suspicious incident involving man and 12-year-old girl

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      While Coquitlam RCMP announced today that they are investigating a confrontation between a man and a boy in a park, Surrey RCMP made their second announcement this week about an investigation into a suspicious incident involving youth approached by adults. 

      Surrey RCMP stated today (March 18) that on March 4, police received a report about a suspicious incident in the 13300 block of 18A Avenue in South Surrey.

      A 12-year-old girl was walking along 18A Avenue when she was allegedly approached by an unknown man in a blue work van.

      When the man asked the girl if she needed ride, she ran away and reported the incident.

      The driver of the van is described as a white male who appears to be about 40 years old. He has a short brown full beard and brown beard. Surrey RCMP released the above composite sketch above of the man.

      The vehicle involved is described as a blue, older-model work van. It is dark blue at the top with gradient shades of lighter blue towards the bottom.

      It has tinted windows and two bumper stickers on the rear window. One of the stickers is a four-inch-circumference black-and-white circular sticker with a skull in the centre. The other is a four-inch-wide hand that is making a “horns” or “rock ’n’ roll” gesture.

      The vehicle also has a yellow tree-shaped air freshner and a round “peace” symbol hanging from the rearview mirror. 

      As investigators are seeking to identify the man and speak with him, anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477.

      Earlier this week, Surrey RCMP stated that they were seeking more details about a suspicious incident that allegedly occurred when a woman approached two boys at a playground and left with them on March 15. 

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