Alleged pair of attempted child abductions in Port Coquitlam reported to RCMP

Pair of attempted abductions

RCMP was made aware of a "suspicious" incident when an unknown man approached children in Port Coquitlam this week.

Spokesperson Stefanie Price explained in an email to the Tri-City News two girls were walking westbound on Central Avenue when a man approached and talked to them.

The pair ran away and police said they made it home safely.

Price is advising all parents to create a safety plan so their kids can get home safely.

"If a situation arises that makes you feel uncomfortable, get to the nearest public place as soon as possible, take a regular route home and do not deviate, carry a cell phone to call police and note the description of anyone acting suspicious."

In a tweet, Coquitlam RCMP also recommend kids walk in groups and to stay in populated areas.

Meanwhile, a mother claims a man approached her son and other kids — near the corner of Central Avenue and Mary Hill Road — as they were walking home from school on Thursday (Oct. 14), offering them a ride to Wal-Mart to buy cookies.

The story has circulated on social media as an alleged attempted child abduction and a police file has since been created.

The Tri-City News has reached out to Mounties for more details about this incident, but have yet to receive a response as of this publication (Oct. 15).

According to the woman's statement on social media, the kids were by the field at Central Community Elementary when a white vehicle pulled up beside them.

A man allegedly stepped out and walked towards them.

The kids also ran away after he opened the vehicle's door and asked if the kids wanted a ride to Wal-Mart.

The man, as described by the mother, is as follows:

  • Late 30s to early 40s
  • About 5'10"
  • Short, pudgy build
  • Balding dark hair
  • Long goatee
  • High-pitched voice
  • Wearing a black shirt

The woman says another man, described as tall and skinny, was also allegedly inside the vehicle.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call Coquitlam RCMP at 601-945-1550 and quote file number #21-28496.

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