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Police release description of man suspected in attempted child abduction

Jun 29 2012

Victoria police have released a description of the van belonging to a man who attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl Wednesday as she walked to George Jay Elementary School.

The man tried to coax the girl into his vehicle before 9 a.m. She refused and ran to a family member for help. When they got to school, they reported the incident to school administrators, who called police.

Victoria police believe the man was trying to abduct the girl and are asking the public’s help in locating the suspect.

The vehicle is described as an older-style white or light-coloured van with noticeable writing that is possibly graffiti in black on the passenger side. There was also noticeable damage around the rear licence plate.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He has a white beard and blond hair in a ponytail. He was wearing glasses and is believed to be a smoker.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 250-995-7444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Victoria police detectives are also asking that parents, community members and school officials take this opportunity to review the following safety tips, suggested by police:

• Children should walk in groups and with an adult if possible.

• Children should walk directly to school and travel on well-travelled routes.

• Discuss safe responses with your child if approached by a stranger. Reiterate that children should never go anywhere with a stranger.

• Have your child report any unusual event to an adult at school immediately.

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