RCMP investigating after child allegedly approached by stranger

(RCMP file photo)

FALL RIVER: RCMP are investigating a suspicious man who allegedly approached a young girl in the St. Andrews Village area of Fall River on Nov. 24.

Police say they were notified by a parent that their 11-year-old daughter was approached at the top of the path while walking the family dog at about 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 24. The top of the path is located between Duart Avenue and Aberdeen Drive in St. Andrews Village.

The man was in a van parked at the end on Duart Ave. The van was blocking the trail and a man inside asked the girl if she wanted candy.

“The girl ran back to her home and told her parents who then called police,” said RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Lisa Croteau. “Patrols were made in the area for the vehicle and suspect but they were not located.

The man is described as 30-35-years-old with long curly dirty blonde hair, a scruffy beard and possibly brown eyes. He was wearing an orange hat backwards, a black t-shirt and orange/maroon shorts. The van is described to be black in colour with front tinted windows and no windows in the back and looked similar to an ambulance, but all black.

Halifax District RCMP is asking for residents in the area with security cameras to check their security camera footage for the suspect van between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on November 24.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at (902) 490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.