Young boy approached by stranger, offered ride home in Armstrong

VERNON - A young boy was offered a ride home from a stranger last week in Armstrong.

Sgt. Rob Farrer says on Thursday, April 6, police received a report that a nine-year-old boy walking home from Armstrong Elementary School was offered a ride from a man in a white truck.

The boy declined the ride and is fine, Farrer says.

The incident happened just after 2:10 p.m. in the area of Rosedale Avenue and Colony Street, according to the RCMP. When the boy turned down the ride, the man reportedly started yelling at him. The boy immediately ran away and the vehicle drove off, police say. 

The man was described as having longer hair and being dressed as a farmer or a cowboy because of the brown vest he was wearing. The vehicle is described as a white two-door truck, possibly a Dodge, without a truck cap. It has B.C. license plates and heavier bumpers. 

Farrer is not aware of any other reports of children being approached recently, and says to his knowledge, this was an isolated incident.

“The boy did the right thing,” Farrer says.

Back in February, police investigated a similar incident involving a 10-year-old boy who was offered a ride. In that case, the vehicle was described as a black SUV, and the man as having dark brown hair and glasses.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Armstrong RCMP detachment at 250-546-3028 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

— This story was updated at 4:17 p.m. April 11, 2017 to include newly released details from the RCMP. 


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