Child Grabbed

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are seeking witnesses to a suspicious occurrence which occurred near a local school early Tuesday evening. 

On Tuesday February 12th, 2019 just after 6:00pm, officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were called to a report of an incident, which occurred in the area of Mission Hill School, located in the 1500 block of 36th St, Vernon BC. 

Two female youths, 11 years of age, reported that while walking on a path near the school, an un-known male approached them and allegedly grabbed one of the youths by the arm. One youth had the quick thinking to run into public view onto the street, yelling for help, which in turn caused the male to quickly let go of the other youth’s arm and flee on foot. The youths were able to grab the attention of a passing vehicle, at which time the vehicle occupants assisted the females in getting to safety by retreating into a nearby church. 

“Officers are currently investigating this incident, however are looking to speak to the good Samaritans that assisted the youth last evening, as they left prior to police arrival and were not identified,” states RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. 

The suspect in this incident is described as a male with tan coloured skin, wearing dark or all black clothing, approximately 5’7 – 5’10 with a thin to average build. 

The youths were not physically injured as a result of this incident. 

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the 1500 block of 36th St, on Tuesday February 12th between 5:30 and 6:30 pm and may have witnessed this male or suspicious occurrence, to please contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and reference file #2019-3092.