Langley RCMP are warning the public after what they say was a “concerning event” in the city’s Willoughby neighbourhood on Wednesday morning.
Police said the incident occurred shortly after the 14-year-old girl left her home, located in a townhouse complex, and began walking to school.
As she walked, she noticed a man sitting in his vehicle within the townhouse complex.
She proceeded to walk between some buildings and onto the street, and the man followed in his vehicle and stopped at a light nearby. He then offered her a ride to school.
The young girl declined and continued on her way.
The man is described as Asian, approximately 45 years old, with a medium build, stubble, and short black hair.
He was wearing a grey collared shirt with a blue insignia described as similar to a crest on the shirt with “some kind of writing overtop” of the insignia, a dark vest and a lot of jewelry.
The vehicle he was driving is described as a 2015-18 white Nissan Murano with a possible partial BC License plate of 568-xxx.
“The man did not attempt to touch the young girl nor did he follow after she declined his offer however the encounter is disturbing nonetheless,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy in a statement.
In light of the incident, police are offering some safety tips to prevent situations like these:
- Students walking to or from school are reminded to walk with friends when possible and be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid wearing headphones that may hinder your ability to hear approaching vehicles or people.
- If you are approached by someone unknown to you, keep moving towards a well populated area.
- Always report the incident to police.