News

Delta Police looking for van in attempted kidnapping

A man driving a van similar to this one grabbed a 13-year-old in North Delta last month. The teen managed to get away, and police are looking for the van and driver. - DELTA POLICE
A man driving a van similar to this one grabbed a 13-year-old in North Delta last month. The teen managed to get away, and police are looking for the van and driver.
— image credit: DELTA POLICE

Delta Police have released a description of the van believed involved in the attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl last month.

The girl and a friend were walking east on 79A Avenue at around 9 p.m. on Feb. 12 when the pair split up, deciding to take different routes to get to 80 Avenue and 118 Street.

The victim continued along 79A and was at 117 Street when a van pulled up beside her. Without saying anything, the driver grabbed the teen and tried to pull her into the vehicle.

She resisted and managed to twist away from the man, who’s described as being South Asian, approximately 30 years old, with short black hair and a medium build.

The girl ran and met up with her friend. She later recounted the incident to her mom, who called police.

Investigators are now asking for the public’s help in locating a dark blue or grey, 1990s GMC or Chevrolet, full-size panel work van with aluminum running boards, roof rack and tinted windows in the rear double doors.

Police believe the vehicle may be used by a painter or another construction-related business.

“We put out this vehicle description in an effort to further our investigation,” said Delta Police spokesperson Const. Sharlene Brooks.

Brooks said there have been no abduction attempts since the Feb. 12 incident, nor were there any in the months prior.

Anyone seeing a van matching this description is asked to call Delta Police at 604-946-4111.

dweir@surreyleader.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
Confusion persists over future of Evergreen Line name
 
Teen killed in car crash
 
UPDATE: Jacks to support collapsed culvert under Hwy 99 near Oak Street Bridge
Culvert collapses beneath Hwy 99 near Oak Street Bridge
 
Burnaby embark on constitutional challenge of NEB
 
Salmon fishery opens, but docks sell more than sockeye
Lois and Gilles Bouchard founded SOS Children’s Village out of love for children
 
Chilliwack dancers make it to the Worlds
 
River rescuers recognized for bravery

Community Events, August 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Aug 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.