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Police Seek Man in Suspicious Incident

Vancouver Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspicious man who approached a 16-year-old girl in South Vancouver at the end of June. Investigators would like to speak to this man so he can provide an explanation for his behaviour.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, the girl was walking in the area of East 45th Avenue and Doman Street, when a man driving a newer-model silver sedan stopped beside her and called out, “Do you have plans later?” before driving away. He drove up to her again a few blocks away, near Arlington Street, and asked her additional questions, which she interpreted as being sexual in nature.

After hearing the man’s comments and seeing him get out of his car in an apparent attempt to locate her, the young girl became concerned for her safety and went to a friend’s house to call her parents and police.

“This young lady did the right thing by going to a safe place and calling 9-1-1,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “Although the man didn’t attempt to make physical contact, his behaviour is concerning, and we would like to speak with him to hear his side of the story.”

The man was described as being white, in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5’10” tall, and 180 to 200 lbs., with a short, manicured beard. He was wearing a grey ball cap, mirrored Aviator sunglasses, a white t-shirt, and blue jeans.

His vehicle is a very clean newer-model, silver two-door sedan. Of note, there was a red tree-shaped air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror.

Officers have not been able to identify this man yet, so we are asking for the public’s help. Although there have not been any similar incidents reported, we asking anyone with information about this man, or similar incidents, to call the police at 604-717-2634 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.