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Police looking for witnesses after teen grabbed by strange man in North Delta

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teen says she was grabbed on the way to school Thursday. File / Global News

Delta police are looking for witnesses after a 14-year-old girl said she was grabbed by a strange man on Thursday morning.

According to investigators, it happened on 82 Avenue near 116 Street around 8 a.m., as the teen was walking to school.

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Police said a strange man approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist.

She was able to break free and run to school, where she reported the incident to staff who contacted police.

Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian man in his 60s, who is about 5’8″ tall with a slim build.

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Police said he was wearing a black jacket, a white t-shirt, blue jeans, flip flops and was carrying alcohol in a brown paper bag.

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The incident comes just a week after a 10-year-old girl was allegedly grabbed by a strange man in Richmond near Whiteside Elementary School.

Delta police said they are working with the school district to ensure students are safe, and have issued the following safety tips for parents and kids walking to school.

  • Where possible, walk with a friend or group of friends
  • Wear bright clothing and walk in lit, high traffic areas
  • Minimize distractions: remove earphones/earbuds etc.
  • Walk directly to your location on a known route

Anyone with information is asked to contact Delta police.

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