Port Alberni RCMP are on the hunt for a suspicious man who followed a 15-year-old girl and asked her several times to take a walk with him.
According to an RCMP press release, the incident happened on Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
The girl initially noticed the man following her as she walked along Sixth Avenue and Wallace Street, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.
He was following her closely, turning onto every street with her. The girl encountered a family out for a walk near the corner of Fourth Avenue and Redford Street, and noticed that the male was suddenly gone.
Police concerns are heightened because the man asked the girl several times if she would take a walk with him. The girl refused and quickened her pace to get away from the man, Allan said. The girl reported the incident to her parent when she returned to her home that evening.
The girl told police she didn’t know the man, and that he didn’t tell her his name.
The man is described as a six-feet tall medium built Caucasian male in his 40’s with dark brown or black short hair. He was wearing a royal blue hooded jacket, faded blue jeans and black shoes.
Police are warning residents to take steps to tighten up their personal safety measures.Walking in pairs in populated and well lit areas is always recommended, and contacting police either during or immediately after an incident.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Port Alberni RCMP at 723-2424, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.