The Timmins Police are investigating two separate incidents where two young girls were approached by an unknown man and offered a ride. In the first case, he asked a 13 year old if she wanted a ride home from school, in the area of Pearl and Vimy. The second time a girl was asked the same thing in the area of Rae and Vimy. Both times he said he knew their mothers. He is male, in his 30’s, about 6 feet, and drives a black four door Kia sedan. If anyone can identify the driver or his car, call Timmins Police.
Full press release from the Timmins Police Service:
The Timmins Police Service is currently investigating two separate suspicious person reports involving two young females. Police received a report that on October 3, 2014, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a 13 year-old female was approached by a male driver in the area of Pearl Ave and Cameron St. N. and offered a ride, stating he knew her mother. The student refused the ride, and was picked up from school by a family member. The male driver is described as Caucasian, in his 30’s with thick hair and facial hair. The vehicle he was driving is described as a four-door sedan, silver in colour, with tinted windows. Police received a second report that at approximately 7:15 a.m. on October 6, 2014, another female was followed by an unknown male and offered a ride, in the area of Rae St. and Vimy Ave., again stating he knew her mother. The student refused the ride, at which point the male exited the vehicle and began walking toward her for a short distance. He then returned to his vehicle and left the scene. The driver is described as male, Caucasian, in his 30’s, approximately 6” tall, with a slim build and dark hair. He is described as wearing a grey t-shirt with a black zip-up sweater, blue jogging pants, and work boots. The vehicle is described as a black four-door Kia sedan.
The Timmins Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver, or drivers, of the vehicles. Anyone having any information about these incidents is asked to call the Timmins Police Service at 705-264-1201. Parents are reminded about the importance of speaking to children about stranger safety. Some tips include never accepting a ride, or gifts from a stranger, being assertive if approached, and knowing ‘safe’ locations in case of emergency.