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Surrey RCMP search for man accused of trying to lure group of kids into car

Last Updated Oct 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm PST

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. A lawyer representing eight news media outlets is challenging decisions made by a Nova Scotia provincial court judge regarding the redaction of RCMP search warrants used in the investigation of the mass shooting in April that claimed 22 lives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Police in Surrey want to talk to a driver after some children reported he tried to lure them into his vehicle

RCMP says it happened around 6 p.m. Thursday near a housing complex in Clayton Heights

Editor’s note: On Oct. 17 Surrey RCMP released the following statement on this incident: “Last week, information was circulated on-line and in the media about a suspicious circumstance involving a group of children approached by a man in a grey Mercedes, in Clayton Heights. As a result of an investigation by Surrey RCMP, the vehicle and the driver involved were identified. It was determined that there was no attempt to abduct children. The man was in the area, taking photos related to his business.”  

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Mounties in Surrey are looking for a driver who may have tried to lure a group of six kids into his vehicle.

Cpl. Elenore Sturko says it happened at a housing complex in Clayton Heights at 195th Street and 66th Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

She says the man pulled up and initially asked the kids if they wanted to have their picture taken outside his car before suggesting they could get inside.

The kids ran off and the man drove away, Sturko adds.

After the group told their parents what happened, they contacted police.

“This is certainly a very suspicious circumstance,” Sturko says.

“We have seen some photos of the vehicle, but unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have a licence plate, but we did get just a very vague description that it was a Black male, somewhere between the ages of 20 and 40.”