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Police investigate report of two Armstrong girls approached by stranger

December 12, 2017 - 2:12 PM

ARMSTRONG - Police are investigating a suspicious occurrence that involved two girls being approached by a stranger near Armstrong Elementary School.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, police received a report of an unknown suspicious man who attempted to speak to two girls while they were walking home from school in Armstrong, Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

The encounter happened near the 3010 block of Pleasant Valley Road shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. 

Police were told that a man stopped his vehicle next to the girls and spoke to them. They didn't respond to him and quickly walked away, with the suspect vehicle driving toward the highway, Brett says.

“The youth did the absolute right thing by not engaging the male and quickly walking away together,” she says. “We are issuing this advisory out of an abundance of caution and praise the youth for taking note of the vehicle and man’s descriptors. We have received no further complaints in relation to this and believe it is an isolated incident."

The suspicious driver was described to police as an older man approximately in his 50s with darker coloured skin and a moustache. The vehicle was described to police as an older model vehicle, gold/brown in colour with rust above the tires.

Investigators would like to speak with the driver of the vehicle. If you were the driver who stopped and spoke with these youth you are asked to contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online.

This is the fourth advisory issued by the RCMP in 2017 for a report of children being approached in the Armstrong/ Spallumcheen area, and the third specifically near Armstrong Elementary School. The others include a young boy being offered a ride home on Feb. 16, a boy offered a ride home on April 6, and a child being offered a ride on May 24. 

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