The RCMP continues to investigate a reported attempted child abduction in Barriere.
The incident, which took place at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, involved a man and a 10-year-old girl in the area of Barriere Town Road and Dunn Lake Road in the town 45 minutes north of Kamloops on Highway 5.
Police say the report indicates the girl was walking on Dunn Lake Road when she was approached by a man she described as being about 40 years of age and standing 5-foot-7. She said he had short, brown hair, hazel eyes and a full, brown beard approximately four inches or more in length and shaped to a point at the end.
The man was described as wearing black pants and a grey, long-sleeved shirt with black lettering.
“The man allegedly grabbed the girl by the wrist and she fought back, freeing herself and then ran off,” Barriere RCMP Cpl. Rob Welsman said. “A police service dog was brought to the scene to search for the suspect and officers have spoken with local residents regarding the incident.”
Barriere Mounties are asking the public to remain extra vigilant and are urging parents to discuss safety protocols with their children and closely monitor their actions.
Welsman said some youth events have been impacted and cancelled in the area at the discretion of organizers. He said school district officials have been notified of the incident and are working closely with investigators.
Anyone in the area with video surveillance or dashboard camera footage, or any information about the incident, is asked to contact the Barriere RCMP detachment at 250-672-9918.
Any urgent information regarding the identity or current whereabouts of the suspect can be made via 911.