On Saturday, September 24 at approximately 7:00 P.M. an unknown male in a truck asked a fourteen year old girl if she wanted a ride while she was walking on Gitskan Ave. in the Kitamaat Village. The male asked her if she was going to the store, if he could buy her something, and if she wanted a ride. The girl declined twice and the male eventually drove away. The male was described as Caucasian with white/grey medium/short hair, clean shaven, brown eyes, wearing a brown jacket and ‘skinny’ glasses. The truck he was driving was a white two door truck (possibly a Ford or Chevy) with a red external tidy tank in the rear box, no plate number was obtained.
Kitimat RCMP would like to commend the girl for her quick thinking and her refusal to get into the male’s vehicle. Incidents like this stress the importance of speaking with children about safety and what to do when a stranger approaches them. Children and parents should agree on a safety plan and should always notify the police in these situations.
If anyone has knowledge of this incident or any other or who is responsible, please contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca. They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00.