Late yesterday evening (May 9th), Steinbach RCMP issued the following news release:
On May 9th, Steinbach police responded to a call reporting that an unknown male had approached a 9 year old girl living on Maplewood Street in Steinbach and had attempted to persuade her to come with him.
Around 4:00 PM the male possibly followed the girl home from Elmdale School and then stood in the yard at her residence with a red camera. He attempted to speak to her and asked her to unlock her doors and come with him.
The male is described to be in his 40’s or 50’s, with a stocky build and grey / brown hair. He was wearing a red t-shirt, jeans, and black shoes. The male was driving an older model brown or tan car with four doors.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating this male. Police are also reminding parents with concerns to review some safety guidelines for their children.
If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).
As per the RCMP release, I suggest all parents/guardians please remind children of these important messages surrounding personal safety:
- It is important that children try to walk in groups and in well-lit areas, where it is easy to find help if needed.
- If ever a child feels threatened for any reason, he/she should contact a trusted adult immediately.
- Children should always be aware of their surroundings, and be cautious if they come into contact with any unknown person.
- Children should never get into the car of a stranger.
Student safety is our top priority. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or the RCMP at the numbers listed above.
Randy Dueck, Superintendent-CEO