Vancouver police investigating alleged child luring of 12-year-old girl

May 8 2020, 8:48 pm

Vancouver police are investigating a case of alleged child luring involving a 12-year-old girl in the city’s Point Grey neighbourhood on Wednesday.

According to VPD, the girl was riding her bike on West 6 Avenue and Sasamat streets on May 6 around 3:30 pm. “A man allegedly approached her and said: ‘come look at my car,'” said VPD in a release on Friday.

The girl “was scared and rode home to alert her mother,” police said.

The suspect is described as a white male between 20 and 30-years-old. He was driving a larger light grey or silver vehicle  — possibly a van or SUV — with a roof rack.

“As terrifying a situation like this could be for a young child, she showed her bravery and did the right thing by not engaging with the male,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin. “We commend her for her courage.”

Police are asking anyone with information, anyone with dashcam footage, or those who have vehicles equipped with factory video surveillance (specifically from a Tesla), who were in the 4400, 4500, and 4600 blocks of West 6th Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to contact Vancouver Police detectives at 604-717-0602 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.