Man approached child playing outside
A young girl was playing in a fenced field in southeast Calgary when she was approached by a stranger and told her parents told him to pick her up. Luckily, she was able to run away from the man.
Now, the Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance following the attempted abduction that occurred on Tuesday, April 10 at about 1 p.m.
The nine-year old girl was playing in a fenced field in the 800 block of Riverbend Dr S.E., when a van pulled up near her and a man got out. He then approached the little girl and told her a story about her parents wanting him to pick her up from the park.
The smart little girl ran away from the park and left the man in the area.
The incident was not reported to police until Wednesday afternoon. Police are now looking for the male suspect who is described as a black man, about 40-years old. He has black hair and was wearing a white shirt and a tie. The man was driving a purple or burgundy coloured van.
Calgary Police are reminding parents to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger:
- A stranger is any person your child doesn’t know. Children should be taught to never accept gifts, food or toys from a stranger, and to never go anywhere with someone they don’t know.
- It’s a good idea to create a safe code word that only you and your child know and tell them that if they send someone to pick them up, they will use the code word.
- Let your children know that strangers might ask them to help find a lost animal or item. Children should be taught that this could be suspicious, and to trust their instincts. If the situation seems wrong, it probably is. They have the right to refuse to help a person they don’t know.
- Your child should know his or her full name, address and phone number, including the area code. Your child should also know to dial 9-1-1 to contact police, fire and EMS in an emergency.
- When kids go out, they should always use the buddy system and play with friends instead of playing alone.
- Show your child safe places in your neighbourhood where they can go for help – a neighbour’s house or a trusted friend, someone who your child knows.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods: TALK: 1-800-222-8477 TYPE: tttTIPS.com TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637