Surrey RCMP are asking the public for help to find the man who assaulted a 14-year-old girl while she was walking to school on Wednesday morning.
Police received reports the girl was grabbed by an unknown man on a footpath near Earl Marriott Secondary school at 15751 16th Avenue at around 7:50 am.
The teenager managed to free herself from the man and run to the school.
Surrey RCMP’s General Duty and Youth Unit officers were immediately dispatched to the area, but the man fled prior to police arrival and hasn’t been seen since.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, in his 30s, five foot nine inches to five foot 10 inches tall, with a medium build, wearing a light green t-shirt, dirty blue jeans, and work boots.
“The victim is physically uninjured however she is understandably upset by the incident,” said Surrey RCMP in a release.
The Surrey School District sent a letter home to notify parents of this incident and remind students about general safety tips as well.
In light of the incident, RCMP are offering a few simple safety reminders to students, now that school is back in session, including:
- Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes and avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas;
- Walk with friends;
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back;
- Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home;
- Trust your instincts and your feelings;
- Phone home if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change.
Anyone with more information about the attack is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at solvecrime.ca.