Yellowknife RCMP warn residents of suspicious person driving red van

Yellowknife RCMP are investigating a report of a suspicious person who reportedly tried to get a teenage girl to get into his vehicle.

In a news release, Mounties state that a 14-year-old girl reported on Friday that a man, believed to be driving a red van, approached her and offered her a ride home.

Police say it happened while she was walking westbound near St. Joesph’s Park on Finlayson Drive between Range Lake Road and Dagenais Drive.

RCMP state that she had no physical or verbal interaction with the driver and was able to walk to safety.

Police say the teen described the man as having “tanned” colour skin, black hair and is in his 40s.

The vehicle is described as a mini-van, red in colour, with double sliding doors.

RCMP are requesting anyone who may have been in the area Friday, between about noon and 1:00 pm, to contact the them to report any sightings of the van, the driver or any suspicious activity.

Yellowknife RCMP say they will be conducting additional patrols in the area to ensure public safety.

The RCMP reminds parents and caregivers to be thorough in educating children in their care with regards to the dangers of speaking to strangers and to immediately report any suspicious activity.

About the Author

John Mcfadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018.  John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL).

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