Port Alberni RCMP are searching for a suspect after a 16-year-old boy was allegedly approached by an unknown man who wanted the boy to go with him Thursday afternoon.
Mounties say the boy was walking south on Gertrude Street between 12:30 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. when he spotted an unknown man at the intersection of Burke Road.
The man approached the boy and directed him to go with him while attempting to grab a hold of the boy, according to Mounties.
The boy said “no” and continued to walk south on Gertrude Street.
Police believe the man walked north on Gertrude Street after the incident.
Officers tried to locate the suspect but were unable to find him.
He is described as a First Nations male between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6’3″ tall with a slender build and black hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark coloured top.
Mounties are hoping the public can help identify the man.
“Given the time of day, we are hoping that other pedestrians or vehicle traffic in the area may have witnessed the incident and have information that will assist the police in identifying this man,” said Cst. Aaron Aasen in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.