Chilliwack RCMP warn of suspected child luring

RCMP investigating to see if two incidents are linked

Composite sketch of the suspect in an April 30 incident of suspected child luring.

Composite sketch of the suspect in an April 30 incident of suspected child luring.

Chilliwack RCMP has issued a warning to the public following two suspected incidents of child luring over the past three weeks.

Both incidents occurred in the northeast area of town, police say.

The first incident happened on April 30, around 6 p.m. 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 friend’s home,” said spokesperson Cpl. 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.

Then on May 17, at 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, we’re 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. (See sketch above.)

The suspect from the May 17 incident is described as 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).