Passenger in car demands that boy hand over his bike

Abbotsford Police have issued a notice about a suspicious incident that took place Friday morning on Riverside Street.

  • Aug. 9, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Abbotsford Police are investigating an incident that took place Friday morning in which a young boy who was riding his bike was approached by two men in a vehicle.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the six-year-old was in the 5900 block of Riverside Street at about 9 a.m., when a red 1990s Honda Civic hatchback with a loud exhaust stopped in front of him.

Two Caucasian men were in the vehicle, and the passenger demanded that the boy come closer and give them his bike.

The child ran and located his mother, who attempted to confront the men but they quickly drove away.

Abbotsford Police patrol division officers conducted searches and canvassed neighboring homes and business, but the suspects were not located.

“The incident is obviously concerning, and the investigation is continuing,” MacDonald said.

“This young boy did an excellent job of being alert, being aware, keeping his distance and seeking help when he suspected trouble.”

The passenger is described as being in his 30s with short brown hair, a beard and wearing a white long-sleeved shirt. No description was provided for the driver.

MacDonald encouraged people to report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and urged parents to review personal safety tips with their children.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).