Surrey police are on the lookout for a man who grabbed a 16-year-old girl near Earl Marriott Secondary School Thursday morning.
According to Surrey RCMP, the girl was walking in Alderwood Park near Lilac Drive around 7:30 a.m. when she was grabbed by a man. He may have been following the girl.
The girl ran away from the man to the nearby school and reported what happened to the police.
Officers were unable to locate the man and are appealing for witnesses to come forward, or for people who may have surveillance video of the area.
The Mounties say the suspect is Caucasian and of â€œfair complexion,â€ in his 30s, â€œclean cutâ€ and was wearing a black hoodie and gloves.
â€œThankfully the victim is physically uninjured however she is understandably upset by the incident,â€ RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scotty Schumann said in a media release.Â
Schumann said police are aware that a similar incident occurred in September near this school earlier this year and are looking to see if there are any comparisons between the two.
People with information can call Surrey RCMPÂ at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2017-181306.Â To make an anonymous report contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.solvecrime.ca.
The Surrey School District has sent a letter to parents explaining the incident and also to remind students of general safety tips, especially given that days are shorter and daytime light often being reduced because of weather.Â
Among other things, police suggest people travel in groups, not to use â€œshort cutsâ€ likes lanes or secluded areas, to communicate travel plans to friends and family and to be aware of your surroundingsÂ·Â