Kamloops police looking for tips after suspicious man approaches children walking home from school

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops RCMP are warning parents to be on the lookout after a suspicious male approached a group of elementary aged girls near a Westsyde school.

Police received a report today, Feb. 22, from a mother who said her 11-year-old daughter was approached by a strange man while the girl was walking home from Arthur Stevenson Elementary with a group of friends, according to a police press release. The man called out to the group of girls, asked where their parents were and then reached out to them.

The girls ran and reported the incident to their parents.

It’s unclear what the man was intending.

Police are looking for more information about the incident and man. The individual is described as a short, 45-year-old Caucasian male with a brown beard. At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up and was on foot.

Police patrolled the neighbourhood but weren’t able to find the man. They’re looking to the public for help identifying him. Tips can be called in to the RCMP at 250-828-3000.

The RCMP are also reminding parents to talk to children about safety around strangers.

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