The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is asking the public for dashcam footage to aid in their investigation after the alleged abduction attempt of a 12-year-old girl.
The incident took place in South Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon. Police say that at around 3:20 pm, the 12-year-old girl was walking home from school in the area of East 50th Avenue and Fraser Street. During this time, she was reportedly approached by a red minivan.
The driver allegedly stepped out of the van and asked the girl if she’d like to come with him. The girl, however, “said no and ran back to her school, where she alerted school administration,” according to VPD.
The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-50s, about 5’10” with a pale complexion, white hair, “yellow teeth,” facial hair, and a medium build. He was wearing a grey T-shirt and blue jeans at the time of the incident.
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Police seeking dashcam footage from Tuesday afternoon
Police are now asking for dashcam footage from anyone who may have been in the area of St. George Street to Prince Albert Street and between 49th Avenue to 51st Avenue on Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm.
“Investigators from our Special Investigations Section are working to identify the vehicle involved and are now looking for dashcam footage from anyone who may have been in the area around the time of the attempted abduction,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD.
At this point in time, investigators believe that the suspect vehicle is an older Dodge Caravan or Dodge Grand Caravan, made between 2001 and 2007.
Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-0603. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by leaving a tip online.