DELTA (NEWS 1130) — Police are warning parents after a young girl was followed home by a man driving a minivan near Gray Elementary in Delta.
The girl came home on Thursday and told her father that a man she didn’t know had pulled up beside her and asked her if she wanted a ride, according to a release from the Delta Police Department. This was after she had made eye contact with the unknown man, but she ignored him when he smiled at her.
“Fortunately the girl made an excellent decision by saying ‘No’ and then running away,” says spokesperson Cris Leykauf. “She then ran home, and her father called 9-1-1. That quick action allowed police to begin their investigation immediately.”
The driver is described as white, in his mid to late 30s, bald, with a dark brown mustache and brown eyes.
Anyone who might have dashcam or video footage in the area of 82 Avenue from 112 Street to 114 Street on Thursday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. is asked to call police at 604-964-4411.
Police encourage parents to speak to their children about the importance of being aware of their surroundings if they walk to and from school.
“If possible children should try and walk with others, and carry a phone if they have one. If anything suspicious occurs they are asked to notify their parents, police, or teachers as soon as possible,” reads the release.