Sidney / North Saanich RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant after a youth was offered a ride Monday afternoon by an unknown man.
The reported incident occurred on the afternoon of November 8, Cpl said. Andres Sanchez, and saw a man driving a red Mitsubishi SUV and accompanied by a woman slow down to offer a ride to a young walker near the bus stop at the Panorama Community Center in North Saanich.
“When the teenager ignored the man, he finally left without further incident,” Sanchez said, adding that no license plate had been obtained. The teenager’s parents then reported the incident to the police.
Police have not established a definitive link between this incident and the one that occurred around 7 p.m. on November 7 near East Saanich Road and Cooperidge Drive in Central Saanich. In this incident, a stranger allegedly grabbed a teenager by the arm and yelled at him, before the boy broke free and fled.
Police are asking the public, however, to be “very vigilant when walking alone and not to accept walks from strangers,” Sanchez said.
The man in the North Saanich incident is described as being between 40 and 50 years old, Caucasian, thin build, with crooked yellow teeth and spiky blonde hair. The woman is described as being of South Asian descent, of medium build, wearing colorful clothing and also between 40 and 50 years old.
The red Mitsubishi SUV may be a 2010 era model and has many scratches on the doors.
Police are asking anyone who knows these people, or who may have witnessed any of the incidents or experienced a similar situation, to call Sidney / North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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