Friday, March 19, 2010

RCMP seeking suspect in suspicious occurrence in Sloan Avenue area

In police terms it's called a "be on the look out for", and that call has gone out across the city as the RCMP investigate a suspicious and worrisome incident of Thursday in the Sloan Avenue area on the city's west side.

The local detachment issued the following information on an incident which saw a twenty year old male, approach a ten year old girl walking her dog, he then reportedly invited her to his home where the young girl said he had candy and puppy. She said no and returned home to tell her mother who phoned the RCMP.

The nature of the incident has given RCMP cause for concern, after a thorough search of the Sloan Avenue area on Thursday night did not provide a sighting of the suspect.

On Friday they issued a public request for assistance in the incident.

On Thursday, March 18, 2010 at approximately 7:00 pm, a ten year old girl was walking on Sloan Avenue in Prince Rupert with her dog. A male approximately 20 years old approached the child on foot and asked her to come to his place. He offered her candy and told her that he had candy at his place and that she should come and see it. The child kept saying "No" and ran home and told her mother who then contacted the police. RCMP attended the area and made extensive patrols, but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as male, first nations, approximately 20 years old, dark brown hair, long sleeved blue shirt, blue jeans with a tattoo of a rose on his left arm.

As part of the reach out to the public for assistance, on Friday the School District launched a robo call alert to those parents with students in School District 52, with Superintendent Lynn Hauptman outlining the nature of the concerns, the details of the incident and what steps the elementary and secondary schools have taken to alert their students (and parents) of the incident.

The School District also provided a copy of the RCMP's media alert posted to their website and has asked parents to go over their own safety precautions with their children in light of the Thursday night incident.

Should anyone have any information on the incident or from the general description of the suspect they are asked to contact the local detachment at 250-627-0700

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