November 12, 2020 Media Release

Suspicious Incidents – Public Advisory

UPDATE:

Members of the Winnipeg Police Child Abuse Unit conducted an investigation and identified the vehicle and driver. No charges have been laid, and there is no threat to the public at this time.

As previously released:

The Winnipeg Police Service is advising the public of two suspicious incidents that are being investigated.

The first occurred on November 3, 2020, shortly before 4:00 p.m in the South River Heights neighbourhood. A 12-year-old girl was walking home from school when a male driving a car approached her. The driver, the lone occupant, stopped the car and attempted to engage the girl in conversation while remaining in the vehicle. When the victim walked past the vehicle turned around, and he again approached the girl, asking if she would get in the car. The victim safely ran to an adult bystander, and police were called.

The vehicle was described as a newer, white model car. The suspect was described as a male, 20-30 years, with short, curly hair and a skinny build.

The second incident occurred on November 5, 2020, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the East Elmwood neighbourhood. Again, a 12-year-old girl returning home from school was approached by a lone male driving a car. The male asked the girl where she lived and if she would get in his vehicle and come with him. The girl was able to get to safety, and police were contacted.

The vehicle was described as a white, 4-door car. The driver was described as a male with short brown hair, 20-30 years.

The Winnipeg Police Service advises parents and caregivers to take additional precautions and attempt to have school-age children accompanied by an adult, if possible, while this investigation continues.

The Winnipeg Police Child Abuse Unit is investigating these incidents. Anyone with information relevant to investigators is asked to call either 204-986-3296 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8144.