Possible luring incident

UPDATED: 3:42 p.m.

New information has surfaced about the possible child luring incident in the Armstrong area.

The truck involved is described as being an older Chevrolet Silverado with the letters 'Z-71' on the rear passenger panel

The vehicle may also have branded lettering on the rear window reading 'Chevrolet.'

There was a black pick up truck behind the white truck at the time and may have witnessed the event, according to witnesses.

RCMP would like to speak to the driver of the black truck that may have been a witness.

If you or anyone has any information in regards to this incident please contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028.

 Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

UPDATE 12:06 p.m.

RCMP are seeking information about a man who approached two students in Armstrong earlier this week.

Const. Kelly Brett said on Feb. 27 at approximately 4 p.m., police received a complaint of a possible child luring incident where two middle school students were asked if they wanted a ride home.

“The two children were walking along Otter Lake Road, near the MacDonald Road intersection, Armstrong, when the male driver offered them a ride home. The male driver is described as an older Caucasian male with grey hair and sunglasses, wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans, driving a white older model pickup truck,” said Brett

A licence plate was not obtained and the make and model of the truck has not been confirmed. Police conducted patrols of the area and the community, but were unable to locate the vehicle.

“At this time, our investigators are aware of the recent reports of similar incidents and are examining all of the information and continue to seek the public’s assistance,” said Brett. “Our communities should be mindful of these incidents and we ask that anything felt to be suspicious in nature be reported to the police right away.”

Police are also asking the driver to contact RCMP to clarify his actions and shed some light on the incident.

“The children’s actions in this situation are commended as they declined to speak to the male, however RCMP are reminding parents to discuss personal awareness and safety strategies with their children,” said Brett.

Visit the BC RCMP website for personal safety tips for youth.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Armstrong RCMP at 250-546-3028. Or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online.

Parents of elementary students in Armstrong are being reminded to teach their children about stranger danger after a suspicious incident Tuesday.

A letter from Armstrong Middle School principal Scott Anderson said on Feb. 27 at approximately 2:35 p.m., two students were approached by a stranger as they walked to the bus stop on Otter Lake Road.

“The stranger was driving a white pick-up truck and asked the students twice if they wanted a ride,” said Anderson in the letter. “The students refused twice and kept walking.”

The truck then left the area.

The students told their parents who contacted police.

RCMP Const. Kelly Brett could not immediately comment on the matter, but did say police are aware of the incident and are investigating.

Anderson said teachers will be discussing the incident with their students.

“Please help your children and the community by discussing information, safety and the importance of not going anywhere with strangers,” said Anderson.

This is not the first time someone has approached a student in the Armstrong area and asked if they would like a ride.

On April 6, 2017 a man in a white pickup truck approached a boy as he was walking home and asked if he wanted a ride.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday April 6, Armstrong-North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence involving a young boy being offered a ride.

Police said the boy was walking home on Rosedale Avenue at Colony Street just after 2:10 p.m., when a white truck stopped and the male driver asked "Hey kid, want a ride home?"

The boy declined and the male driver started yelling at the boy who immediately ran away. The vehicle then drove off.

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