Child luring incidents investigated in Halifax area
Halifax police looking for man in dark-coloured SUV with tinted windows
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who they say has attempted to lure several children in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Halifax Regional Police said based on the description provided by three victims, they believe the same man driving a dark-coloured sport utility vehicle with tinted windows was involved in all three incidents in May.
The first reported incident was on May 19, when a 14-year-old girl was walking on Oceanlea Drive in Eastern Passage just before 10 p.m.
She said she was approached by a man driving a dark-coloured truck who pulled up next to her, opened the driver's side door but did not say anything.
The girl ran away and crossed the yard of Tallahassee Community School and the man tried to follow her, said police. She was able to run to her home and tell her family.
On May 23, an 11-year-old boy was on his lunch break from South Woodside Elementary School in Dartmouth at noon when he was approached by a man driving a black SUV on Everette Street.
The man asked the boy to get in the vehicle and when he refused, the man left, said police.
The boy ran to the school and told the principal.
The third reported incident happened on May 31, when a 12-year-old girl was walking on Morris Street in Halifax, on her way to Saint Mary's Elementary School at 9:15 a.m.
She was approached by a man driving a dark colored SUV with tinted windows, who asked her to get inside the vehicle and he would drive her to school, said police.
The girl refused, ran home and told her family.
No one was hurt.
School board on alert
Doug Hadley, spokesperson for the Halifax Regional School Board, said they've informed all the elementary schools in the district that there have been at least three incidents.
"It's a good reminder that we need to stay vigilant," he said. "The students have done exactly what they should, which is to not get into a vehicle and not speak to the stranger, and that they are to report it to an adult."
Hadley is asking parents to speak to their children about strangers in vehicles.
In previous cases, police have suggested parents set up a code word with their child so they can determine if the stranger was actually sent by their family.
Hadley said the board will continue to speak to police to see if there's any more information they can share with their students and families.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 45 years old, six feet tall with a medium built, short grey hair and hazel eyes.
In at least two of the incidents, the man’s appearance is described as being unkempt.