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Police investigate attempted child abduction in South Vancouver

The incident took place Wednesday afternoon as the 13-year-old girl walked home from school.
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Police are turning to the public as part of an investigation into an alleged attempted child abduction in South Vancouver.

The incident took place Wednesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. near Kerr Street and South East Marine Drive, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Authorities say the 13-year-old girl was walking home from school when she was followed by a man driving a black, four-door, newer model sedan with a grey interior. The driver stopped and told the girl to get into his vehicle.

Police say the driver is described as a white man with a dark or tanned complexion who appeared to be around 25 to 35 years old. He is somewhere between five feet nine and six feet tall with an athletic build. The suspect has short dark brown hair and dark brown stubble on his face and was wearing a black short-sleeved t-shirt and “Ray-Ban” style sunglasses. It appeared the man had clear plastic wrap over a tattoo on his neck, add police.

“Investigators are looking to speak to the driver of this black sedan or anyone who may have information about this incident. Furthermore, police are looking for information about any male who may have recently obtained a tattoo on his neck,” says Constable Tania Visintin.

“A young girl was approached, she listened to her gut and knew something wasn’t right,” adds Visintin. “She was able to get to a place of safety before the situation escalated.”

Police are urging residents in the area to be cautious and call 9-1-1 immediately to report suspicious activity. Anyone with information or anyone with dash cam video from October 14 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the area of Kerr Street and South East Marine Drive is asked to call investigators at 604-717-0603 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.