RCMP release sketch of man involved in suspicious incident

Chilliwack RCMP are praising the actions of nine-year-old girl after she refused to get into a stranger’s vehicle June 2.

RCMP have released a sketch of a man involved in a suspicious incident June 2.

RCMP have released a sketch of a man involved in a suspicious incident June 2.

Chilliwack RCMP have released an artist’s sketch of a man they would really like to talk to.

Police say the man approached a nine-year-old girl near FG Leary school June 2, asking her to get into his vehicle.

The incident occurred between 2:15 and 3 p.m. on First Avenue and McNaught Road. The man persistently asked the child to go with him and offered her candy in an effort to persuade her.  The child rode away on her bike and no further contact was made.

“This little girl stood her ground and made it known to this person that she was not going to go with him,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  “We are very interested in speaking to the male who approached the girl and discussing with him his intentions.”  The male is described as having a full beard down to his neck with sideburns and greying hair.  He was wearing a red sweater with a white shirt underneath and brown shoes.  Police believe the male was driving an older model red van similar to a Dodge Caravan.

Police are also encouraging parents and teachers to discuss the importance of “stranger danger” with their children and students.   Children also need to be made aware of the potential dangers of getting into a vehicle with a stranger.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604 792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).