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Surrey RCMP seeks help identifying man who approached girl, 12

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm PDT

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 40 years old, with a short, brown, full beard, and brown hair. (Courtesy Surrey RCMP)
Summary

A 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in blue ‘work’ van in as she walked in South Surrey, Mounties say

The incident happened on March 4

The girl ran away and reported what happened to the RCMP

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – RCMP is asking for help identifying a man in a van who approached a 12-year-old girl in South Surrey earlier this month.

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance in on 18A Avenue near Amble Greene on March 4.

Just before 5 p.m., a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in blue ‘work’ van as she walked down the road. Police said the man asked the girl if she needed a ride.

The girl ran away and reported the incident to RCMP.

Investigators are now asking for help identifying the driver of the van. He is described as a Caucasian man, about 40 years old, with a short, brown, full beard, and brown hair.

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The older-model work van was blue, with dark blue at the top and gradient shades of lighter blue towards the bottom. It had tinted windows and two bumper stickers on the rear window.

One sticker is circular, about four inches in circumference, black and white, with a skull image in the centre. The other is a similar size, depicting a hand making the ‘sign of the horns’ or ‘rock-and-roll’ gesture.

The vehicle also had a yellow, tree-shaped air freshener and a round peace symbol hanging from the rear-view mirror.

“Surrey RCMP takes all reports of this nature seriously and work closely with youth and their families to ensure their safety,” Const. Richard Wright says in a release. “We would like to identify this man and speak with him regarding the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or CrimeStoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting File No. 2020-33972.