Nanaimo RCMP investigate possible child luring

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public after a young girl was approached by a male in a car yesterday afternoon.

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public after a young girl was approached by a male in a car Thursday afternoon.

The 12-year-old was biking home from Coal Tyee Elementary School at about 2:40 p.m. when she was approached in the 2200 block of Sun Valley Drive.

The male pulled up beside her, offered her candy then asked her to get into his vehicle. The girl didn’t speak with him, left the area and went directly home where she called her mother, who told her to call 911 and report it.

By that time almost 20 minutes had lapsed and police searching for the car were unable to locate it.

The vehicle is described as either a two- or four-door, older model car, gold or beige in colour. It may resemble a Nissan Sentra.

The car’s interior was gold or beige and there were white scratches on the passenger-side mirror

The suspect is white, thin and between 40-50 years old. He had a brown beard, deep voice and wore a blue and white ball cap with black sunglasses on the top of it.

He also wore a blue and white checkered sweater with a white shirt underneath.

“This young girl did everything right. She did not speak with the male and she recognized the danger in the situation,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “She then left the area immediately and reported it as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.