Kamloops girl shuts down suspect who tried to lure her
Ashley Legassic - Reporter
October 17, 2017 - 11:43 AM
KAMLOOPS - Police in Kamloops are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure an 11-year-old girl in front of a Westsyde elementary school.
Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release that between 2:30 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. yesterday, Oct. 16, the young girl was waiting in front of David Thompson Elementary School.
A man allegedly approached her and said he was there to pick her up. The girl challenged him and asked what her mom's name was. He couldn't provide a name and said he worked with her dad and had been asked to pick her up,
Shelkie says the man wasn't able to provide her dad's name either when asked by the girl.
The man walked away without touching the student or making any attempts to touch or grab her, Shelkie says. He got into an older dark burgundy Chevrolet truck with two doors and extra seats in the back. It had a matching coloured canopy with some scratches and rust on it. No licence plate was taken down.
The girl then went into the school and called her mother to tell her what had happened.
Police are looking to speak with the man, who is described as Caucasian, in his 20s, with a lip and eyebrow piercing, clean shaven with dirty blond, shaggy-length hair. Shelkie says he was wearing tighter blue jeans that rode low on his waist, a dark shirt, and a red flat-brimmed hat. He also had a chain on his pants, presumably connected to his wallet.
If you know who this man is, witnessed this incident, or could have video surveillance footage, you're asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
Police are also encouraging parents and caretakers to speak to children about safety, including being aware of surroundings, noting suspicious people or vehicles and reporting them, not approaching the vehicle if you don't know the person inside, not talking to strangers, walking with a friend if possible, and having a code word or phrase to be used if parents must send an unknown person to pick up their child.
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