PORT COQUITLAM An 11-year-old Port Coquitlam girl is safe and sound after an alleged abduction attempt Sunday afternoon in the Citadel Heights area.
According to Coquitlam Mounties, the girl was walking the family dog along Knappen Street when a man in a white van drove up.
The man allegedly got out of the vehicle and started walking toward the girl.
She turned to run, and the suspect gave chase.
He tried to grab the victim, but she managed to get away and run home to phone police.
Were taking this very seriously, said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung, noting the detachments major crimes section is also reviewing the file.
The girl provided a detailed description of the suspect to police.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, standing five-feet 11-inches tall, with short brown hair and blue eyes.
He has a scar above his right eye, a black lip ring on his lower lip and possibly a black tattoo on his left neck area.
The suspect was also wearing a black American Eagle hoodie with the logo across the chest area, black pants, and black "skater-style" shoes.
The van was described as a white late-90s Ford cargo van with tinted front windows.
The rear and back windows were "spray-painted" white, and rust spots were noted above the tires, while the front plate was partially painted over.
Chung said investigators are planning to bring in a sketch artist to compile a composite drawing of the suspect.
Hopefully with that much detail, we can come up with some sort of a sketch, he said, adding police hope there may have been some witnesses in the area at the time of the alleged abduction.
Chung said it was the first such incident in recent memory in the Citadel Heights area.
School District 43 officials have issued the police press release to all schools in the district, with a request that schools in the Citadel area send the information home to parents.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2012-31053.
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