RCMP in Fort Saskatchewan are asking for help to track down a suspicious man who tried to get an eight-year-old boy into his car last Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the boy was walking down Acadian Wynd, a residential street, when the stranger — described as a male in his 30s driving a blue-green car — pulled up and offered the boy a ride. The boy refused and then ran away.

The incident happened not far from a playground, and while the RCMP say it’s good for people to be aware, they do believe it was an isolated incident.

“It is a suspicious occurrence,” said Staff Sgt. Craig O’Neill. “There was no overt act to grab a hold of the boy, to pull him into the car or anything of the like.”

Defence classes offered after incident

Steven Newman, a martial arts teacher in Fort Saskatchewan is proud of the eight-year-old, who is one of his students.

“The first thing the child must do it get away,” said Newman. “Don’t think that you’re going to try and take on an adult. They’re bigger and they’re stronger. Get away.”

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Steven Newman, a martial arts teacher in Fort Saskatchewan, is focusing on safety lessons after a stranger tried luring one of his students into his car. (CBC News)

After he heard about the incident, Newman decided he will offer free self-defence classes for youth later in the summer. He is proud of the student who walked away, but wants other kids to know what they do if they’re in danger.

“He did the exact right thing,” said Newman. “He ran away from the situation and told his parents straight away.”