Police encouraging parents to talk to kids about stranger danger

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Police encouraging parents to talk to kids about stranger danger

As the long-weekend approaches, the Edmonton Police Service is encouraging parents to talk to kids about stranger danger.

“A number of students have been reporting suspicious persons near schools,” says Const. Jeff Salmon, with Southeast Division. “Students are already doing the right thing: running away and reporting it to school administrators. We want parents to talk to their children and remind them not to talk to strangers.”

On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2014 at approximately 10 a.m. police responded to a complaint of a suspicious person in the area of 81 Avenue and 75 Street.  An unknown male suspect allegedly followed a 13-year-old girl in his truck from an alley near her home to her school. It was reported the suspect tried to initiate general conversation a couple times but the girl continued to ignore the suspect and reported it to school officials immediately.

The suspect is described as a darker skin male in his late 20’s – early 30’s. He was clean shaven with a small soul patch and has short dark brown hair. He was wearing tinted eye glasses, a green-grey zip up hoody, with a possible dice symbol tattoo on his right hand.

The suspect vehicle is described as an older dark green Chevrolet, two-door pick-up truck with rust around wheel wells.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m. a grade five student of an elementary school in southeast Edmonton was outside during recess and was allegedly approached by an unknown male. It is reported the suspect told the child he was sent by his parents to pick him up from school. The student said he was going to tell a teacher and ran away to report the incident.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, 18 to 25-years-old with short dark brown hair. The suspect was wearing a white ball cap, green hoodie, and wearing a pair of black leather gloves. The suspect drove away in a rusty and dirty white four door pick-up truck.

In both incidents, police responded and canvassed the immediate area however, did not locate a suspect.

“Remember these three words: No. Go. Tell.” says Salmon. “Say NO to strangers. GO to a safe place. TELL someone you trust.”

Anyone who has information about these suspects is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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