FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One Fort St. John parent will no longer be allowing her children to walk to school after her child was allegedly approached by a possible child lurer earlier this week.
The woman, who did not give her name, spoke with Energeticcity.ca this morning about the incident. According to her, her 10 year-old daughter was walking to school on 106th Avenue near Alwin Holland Elemenary at around 10:00 AM Wednesday morning, when a man approached her and asked to “hang out”. After being rebuffed several times by the child, the man told her that he would be waiting for her after school. The girl then ran to the school and told a teacher what happened, at which point police were contacted.
After speaking with police and obtaining a description of the suspect, police did in fact pull over a man matching the suspect’s description. The man was released by police after further questioning.
When asked about the incident, Cpl. Dave Tyreman with the North District RCMP confirmed that an incident took place, but at this time said that he cannot call it a child luring incident/investigation. Tyreman added: “There are some confidential issues at hand that cannot be released without possibly jeopardizing an ongoing investigation.” No further information was released.
The woman came to Energeticcity.ca after she says that other parents were not notified of the incident by the school.
The alleged suspect is described by the parent and child as a Caucasian man in his early 20’s, unshaven, with a lean build, darker hair, and brown eyes. He was wearing a t-shirt with a tiger on it, and driving a white SUV with an Alberta license plate.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at: (250) 787-8100.