Police are hunting for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl after luring her from her home in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday night.
The girl's mother called police at around 10:40 p.m. PT to report her daughter had been lured from her bedroom where she had been sleeping.
Police say the suspect took the girl to a nearby park and allegedly assaulted her, before leaving her in a neighbour's yard, near the intersection of 128 Street and 99 Avenue.
"It's very unusual, highly unusual. This type of thing does not happen in Surrey, nor the region, quite frankly," said RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr.
"These are very rare incidences that have occurred."
The suspect asked the girl to remain in the yard while he left, but she quickly fled to her home to get help, police say. She has since been taken to hospital.
Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit is investigating, together with Lower Mainland District Forensic Identification Section and additional investigative units.
Police are expecting to be at the scene and throughout the neighbourhood for most of Thursday and will be knocking on doors hoping to speak to anyone who may have seen something out of the ordinary.
Surrey residents are being asked to check their windows are secured, especially those on the ground floor.
"Secure your windows and ensure that they cannot be opened overly wide," said Carr.
"Throw a stick in there or a metal rod, or if you are so inclined, you want your window wider, perhaps put a metal grate over the window during this hot weather."
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime unit at 604-599-0502 or to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222 TIPS or online at solvecrime.ca.