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Quick-thinking Richmond girl, 13, thwarts would-be kidnapper

The 'suspicious man' offered the girl a ride and money, according to Richmond RCMP
A 13-year-old Richmond girl was allegedly approached by a "suspicious man" in the 3700-block of Broadway Street near the Steveston United Church

Mounties in Richmond are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a “suspicious man” who offered her a ride and money.  

According to RCMP, the Richmond girl was walking in the 3700-block of Broadway Street, near Second Ave and the Steveston United Church, around 5 p.m. on Wednesday (March 3) when she was allegedly approached by the man, who was driving a dark-coloured vehicle.

“It is alleged that this man appeared friendly and offered her a ride, which was refused. The man then offered money as an enticement for a ride which was also rightly refused,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang, Richmond RCMP spokesperson.

“When the teen arrived home, she immediately notified her mother. It was then that we became actively involved, launching our investigation.”

Hwang said Mounties also want to remind the community to continue educating family members about strangers, trusting your “inner voice,” and immediately reporting any suspicious activities to police.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2022-5733. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.