Police looking to speak with suspicious driver

SPALLUMCHEEN: Unknown man asks student if they want ride home

RCMP in Armstrong are asking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle involved in a suspicious occurrence last Wednesday, May 24, in the area of Noble Road in Spallumcheen.

It was reported that an elementary grade student was riding their bike in the area and was approached by an unknown male who asked if they wanted a ride. The truck was described as a white GMC pickup with some rust around the box and a dent in the rear bumper.

“There was a black bar in the box area which could have been either a roll bar or off-road light bar,” said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

The driver was described as male with a darker complexion, short hair and being in his 30s.

He was also observed to have a tattoo on the arm of a cat/tiger with a skull. He also had an ear piercing.

“Police would like to speak with this person in order to fully determine the motive of the exchange with the student,” said Moskaluk. “This appears to be an isolated incident which is being actively investigated.”

It’s the second such incident in Armstrong since the winter.

In February, the school sent a bulletin home to parents and guardians after a student was asked if he wanted a ride home at 3 p.m. on Okanagan Street by a man with dark brown hair and glasses.

The man was described as being posssiby in his 40s and was driving a black SUV, possibly a Suzuki sidekick or small Chevy truck.

Letters, in both cases, were sent home to parents alerting them of the interactions with students.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Armstrong detachment at 250-546-3028, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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