Langley RCMP issue warning after man attempts to lure teenager

Girl was was walking with two boys in Langley City on July 15 when she was approached by a stranger

Langley RCMP are advising the public about a suspicious man who approached a teenage girl in Langley City on July 15.

The teenager and two 10-year-old boys were walking together  in the 5400 block of 203 Street just before 5 p.m.

The two boys had gone ahead when the teenager was approached by a man.

The man told the teenager to come with him. She refused and ran away.

She rejoined the boys and they continued on their way. But the man followed for a short time before turning off onto one of the side streets.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 45 years old, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, brown eyes, a short scruffy beard, messy, knotty, frizzy hair and wearing a dark brown T-Shirt and dirty, grey shorts.

Police commended the teenager for doing the right thing in the situation — saying ‘no’ and then running away.

“Incidents such as this provide an opportunity for parents to review important safety tips,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

First, children should never accept gifts of any kind from anyone you don’t know who approaches you. Second, ensure your child knows they can talk to you freely.

“Lastly, if they do become involved in a suspicious occurrence such as this, encourage them to come directly home to tell you about it so the time delay in reporting to police is minimized,” said Marks.

Anyone with information that might assist police in identifying this individual is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.  To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.