The Regina Police Service is warning the public after two incidents of a man conversing with high-school age teen girls. Police are calling the incidents suspicious.
The first incident occurred on Monday, in the area of McDougall Crescent and Grant Road. A 15-year old girl was at a bus stop when a vehicle stopped and the man driving began talking to the girl, asking repeatedly if he could drive her to school.
On Thursday, a different 15-year old girl was walking toward a bus stop near Wesley Road and Grant Road when she experienced a similar incident of being offered a ride, and being asked several questions.
Police believe both situations involve the same man. The suspect is described as a black male, between his 20’s and 30’s, with little or no facial hair, mostly bald, wearing a buttoned shirt, and polite but persistent. Both girls say he was driving a medium, silver car; but were unable to acquire a licence plate. The man didn’t get out of the car, or attempt to touch either girl.
The Regina Police Service is reminding parents that discussing/reviewing safety plans with children is important, not just during the school year. The teens in these incidents did nothing wrong, but here are some suggestions parents may want to consider for discussion with their own children:
– Be aware of surroundings and take note of anything or anyone that looks suspicious;
– If you are listening to music on headphones or earbuds, cover only one ear so you can still hear traffic, people, dogs and any other potential hazard;
– Don’t approach a vehicle, if you do not know the person inside;
– Don’t engage in conversation with someone you don’t know;
– If possible, have a friend walk with you; this is a particularly good strategy for younger children;
– Have a route that uses sidewalks, instead of alleys or paths through parks;
– Get a description of anyone who behaves suspiciously;
– If possible get a description of any vehicle involved, including a license plate;
– Report promptly to a teacher, police officer or other trusted adult.
Anyone who may have information that could assist in the investigation into these incidents is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.