Man tries to lure teen girl into van

Police in the Cowichan Valley are alerting residents after a suspicious man approached a 15-year-old Duncan girl on May 12.

The girl was walking along Gibbins Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. that day when she was approached by a man in his 30s or 40s driving a silver minivan. He asked the girl her age and if she was into modelling. When she replied that she wasn’t, he told her to get into his van if she wanted to learn more.

"Our lady did the right thing by continuing to walk away," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said. The man drove away before the girl was able to get a licence plate number. The driver is described as a Caucasian man between the ages of 30 and 40, bald with wirerimmed glasses.

Anyone who has experienced or is aware of a similar situation should contact their local police detachment.

"If you are the victim or witness to this or any other type of criminal offence we urge you to call the police immediately to report the incident," Hobday said. "A quick response by police enhances our chances of locating people and vehicles suspected of criminal offences."