Male drivers approach young girls and offer rides

Abbotsford Police are warning the public about two incidents in the last week.

The Abbotsford Police Department is alerting the public to two incidents in the last week in which adult men approached young girls and offered them rides.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the first occurred last Wednesday, April 25 between 4 and 5 p.m. A 12-year-old girl was walking in the area of McKenzie Road near Victory Boulevard when a man driving a newer model SUV pulled up next to her.

He asked her if she wanted a ride, but the girl ignored him and went on her way.

The man is described as South Asian, 30 to 40 years old, clean-shaven and wearing sunglasses.

The second incident took place on Sunday, April 29 at about 7 p.m. A 15-year-old girl was walking home from work in the area of Vinewood and Ware streets when she noticed a newer model red van driving slowly beside her.

MacDonald said a man called out to her two or three times, asking her if she needed a ride and suggesting she get in the vehicle. The girl refused and the man drove away.

He is described as Asian, in his late 40s or early 50s, with dark hair and wrinkles, and wearing a dark-coloured jacket. He spoke with a distinct accent and struggled with his English, MacDonald said.

Since posting the information online Tuesday, Abbotsford Police have received a report that another 15-year-old girl was approached a few weeks ago by an Asian man driving a red van near Maclure and Townline roads.

MacDonald said these incidents should serve as a reminder to parents to discuss personal safety with their kids, or for parents to walk with their children or arrange that they walk in pairs or groups.

Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.