Victoria, BC – Officers are investigating after an unknown man tried to convince a boy to get into his vehicle.
Officers were called to the 1200-block of Fort Street shortly after 3:40 p.m. this afternoon after a child reported that he was walking home when a man attempted to coerce the boy into his vehicle. The man was aggressively telling the child to get in his vehicle, offering him a ride home. The boy ran away and reported the incident to a trusted adult. The incident is believed to have occurred near the intersection of Fernwood Road and Pandora Ave. The vehicle was last seen travelling westbound on Pandora Ave.
The Caucasian man is described as being between 30 and 50 years old, heavy set, with short blonde or grey hair. The man had a stubble goatee, a dark tattoo on his left arm and was wearing a white t-shirt.
The vehicle is described as a dirty dark blue, older Ford F 150 with a canopy. The vehicle may have had front end damage with a possible crack on a plastic bumper.
As a reminder to parents and caregivers, it is important to talk to your children about never accepting a ride from a stranger and teaching them who the trusted adults are in their lives.
Investigators are asking for your help. If you witnessed this incident, or know the man or vehicle described, call us at 250-995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.