Teenage girls approached by man in Nanaimo

Police in Nanaimo believe one man might be responsible for several incidents in which teenage girls were approached and offered rides or followed.

Police in Nanaimo believe one man might be responsible for several incidents in which teenage girls were approached and offered rides or followed.

Several incidents have been reported since May 17, when a 14-year-old girl walking on Jingle Pot Road from the Nanaimo Parkway was asked by a man in his 30s, driving a pickup truck, if she wanted a ride.

The man got out of the truck and followed her while trying to convince her to go with him. When the girl called an adult on her cellphone, the man got back in his truck and drove off.

The suspect was described as 5’10” to 6′ tall with light stubble on his face and driving an older model extended cab Chevrolet pickup.

Another girl, 12, was followed on Eighth Street June 4, at 1:10 p.m. by a male driving a truck. He never spoke to the girl, but continued following her until Georgia Avenue.

He was described as Caucasian, 50, with short grey hair and possibly a beard. The truck was a newer model, black with a silver stripe down the side.

Twenty minutes later, a 14-year-old girl was resting on the front lawn of her home near Nanaimo District Secondary School when she was approached by a 40-year old male in an older black pickup truck. The driver asked if she wanted to go to the beach with him and when she said no, he drove away.

Nanaimo RCMP believe the same male was involved in each incident and are concerned about his intentions.

People are reminded to be vigilant when walking alone and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Anyone is approached by the suspect should try to obtain a licence plate of the vehicle – even several numbers or letters can be useful – and if possible, take a picture of the vehicle with a cellphone.

Anyone with information about the suspect 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.

Just Posted

Council defers decision on dog and cat sales at pet stores

Councillors decide against regulation but want more information regarding a potential outright ban

COLUMN: How to go about getting a sidewalk

Subject discussed up at last week’s City of Nanaimo e-town hall meeting

City and automotive businesses battling downtown vandalism

Chain link fence topped with barbed wire to block access under Bastion Street bridge

Nanaimo councillors vote to ban plastic bags from retailers

‘If we want to try and get something done we should shock people’

Drivers taken to hospital after serious crash in Nanaimo’s south end

Crews were on scene for six hours late Monday night and into the early-morning hours Tuesday

VIDEO: Menorah lighting in Nanaimo celebrates start of Hanukkah

Lego menorah building and doughnuts among the festivities Tuesday, Dec. 12

VIDEO: The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive seeks items for older kids

Science kits and Lego always popular, says organizer

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

Ladysmith woman who jumped from ferry meets rescuers

A local artist who survived five hours in the frigid waters of… Continue reading

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

Most Read