Saanich Police are issuing a warning after a 12-year-old boy reports being grabbed by an older male.
Police report the boy was approached by the man at a bus stop in front of Tillicum elementary school in the 200 block of Burnside Road West just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie said a man in his 60s approached the boy and asked if he was travelling downtown, to which the boy said he wasn’t.
“According to the boy, the suspect made some nonsensical conversation with him but essentially wanted him to go downtown with him,” Leslie said in a release. “The interaction was making the boy feel uncomfortable so he turned to walk away. At this point the suspect grabbed the boy by the shoulder pulling him slightly and said words to the effect of ‘You’re coming downtown with me.’”
The boy then ran towards an open business and called his mom, who notified police.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 60s with a possible partial beard with white facial hair and a slender build. The suspect was wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue pinstriped collared shirt with white accents and was carrying a black umbrella with orange polka dots.
Saanich Police are asking that if you have any information about this incident to call them at 250-475-4321 or to report anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).