Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack RCMP is warning the public about two suspected incidents of child luring that occurred in the northeast section of town.
On April 30, around 6 pm, an 11-year-old girl was playing outside when she was approached by an older male driving a red van, who offered her candy.
Fortunately the young girl did the right thing, and immediately ran away to a nearby friends home, said spokesperson Corporal Mike Rail.
RCMP worked with the Chilliwack School District, and a school fan-out advisory was issued May 5 to warn parents of the incident.
On May 17, around 3:30 p.m., a 12-year-old girl was approached by an older man, driving a white mini-van, who offered her a ride. The girl did not respond and ran away.
Again, were very pleased to report this girl made a good decision, and immediately left without talking to him further, said Cpl Rail. Obviously we are very concerned about these events, but we are still investigating to determine if the two incidents are connected. We advise parents to review street proofing safety tips with their children, such as not to accept rides or gifts from strangers without checking with their parents first.
Suspect description from April 30: Older male with a long white beard, blue eyes, wearing black sweat pants, long black sleeved shirt and black toque, driving an older red van. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached.
Suspect description from May 17: A male approximately 50 years old, wearing a long sleeve black shirt, long skinny dark brown beard, dark reddish brown cowboy hat, medium build, driving an older white mini-van. There is no composite sketch available.
Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit is actively investigating both incidents. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).