Man attempts to abduct 11-year-old girl in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert RCMP are asking parents to be vigilant after the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl on Thursday night.

Prince Rupert RCMP are asking parents to be vigilant after the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl on Thursday night.

After playing at a friend’s house in the Drake Crescent area on the evening of March 6, the girl began walking up Drake Crescent toward Prince Rupert Blvd. When she reached the intersection, a man grabbed her from behind and began to pull her into nearby bushes. Fortunately for the girl, the suspect tripped and fell, which allowed her to break free and run away. Following the sounds of her scream, the girls’ friend found her unharmed.

The only description of the assailant is that of a young man who was wearing dark clothes and sunglasses.

“Given the concerning nature of what appears to be a random in incident, police are informing the community of this event and ask that they remain vigilant when out and about,” said Const. Matt Ericson of the Prince Rupert RCMP.

“Currently the matter is under investigation, and we are asking the public to report any persons acting suspiciously around young people.”

Anyone with information about this incident or any suspicious activity is asked to call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The attempted abduction prompted a phone call from the Prince Rupert School District to all parents, alerting them to the incident. Superintendent Sandy Jones said although not done on a regular basis, situations like this warrant a blanket call.

“We were working closely with the RCMP on that. We received notice of a complaint from the RCMP and decided to send out a call to everyone to make sure people were aware,” she said, noting the district is not taking any further action unless advised of another similar case by the RCMP.

“We thought better to be safe than sorry.”

Just Posted

Kurka keeps thing official

The longtime hockey referee has been on the ice in Prince Rupert for more than 30 years

Rampaging towards the playoffs

The Prince Rupert Rampage beat the Terrace River Kings 8-5 on Jan. 20

Sweet tradition returns: Sugar Shack 2018

The 2018 Sugar Shack festival celebrates Francophone culture in Prince Rupert Jan. 24-27

Joie de vivre

Finding those “awe” moments with family, friends and food

Christians unite for one service in Rupert

Father Terry Brock is hoping to unite all of Prince Rupert’s Christians under one roof for one night

This Week Episode 68

From inside the Northern View office in Prince Rupert we bring you all the news headlines

Carriers wanted for the Northern View

We have open routes for carriers all over Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Most Read