Man in van in Fenwick approached 12-year-old girl, say police

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Published January 30, 2023 at 5:50 pm

Detectives with the Niagara police want to know why a minivan-driving man spoke to a girl walking to school — with the door of the vehicle open — on Monday morning.

The police say they were called to an elementary school in the Church St. / Martha Crt. area of the Fenwick community. The findings of the initial investigation ascertained that at 8:25 a.m., a 12-year-old girl was walking to school along Church St., when a black Dodge Caravan driven by an adult man stopped and spoke briefly to the girl. The police say that the driver opened a sliding door of the man.

“The girl walked away, and the van left the area,” Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) say. “The girl reported the incident to school administration, and the NRPS was called.”

A bulletin from NRPS emphasizes “there was no physical contact” between the man and the child. It also says there is no allegation or evidence of a criminal offence.

“Detectives are seeking to identify the man and determine his intentions,” NRPS says.

The male driver is described as a white man who is 40 to 50 years old and has short grey hair with a “possible buzz cut.” He has a tall, skinny build.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact NRPS detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, 1009024.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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