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YK police step up patrols after another youth approached

A file photo of a police car outside of the Yellowknife RCMP detachment. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
A file photo of a police car outside the Yellowknife RCMP detachment. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

For the second time in seven days, police in Yellowknife warned of a “suspicious person” allegedly asking a girl to get into their vehicle.

Police said they had not established any connection with previous incidents, including a similar warning issued last week.

However, amid the troubling frequency of such occurrences, RCMP said additional patrols would now take place.

The latest report of suspicious activity featured an eight-year-old being approached on Gitzel St at around 2:30pm on Saturday, June 8.



Police said the girl, who was in front of her family home at the time, “heard a male voice asking her to ‘come get in the car’.”

In a statement, RCMP said: “The eight-year-old had no physical or verbal interaction with the man and was able to walk to safety.

“At this time, there is no physical description of the driver. A white vehicle was observed in the area. The vehicle might or might not be linked to this incident.”

Though a white vehicle was reported in a similar incident seven days ago, police took pains to state that “at this time … there are no indicators that this is related to any previously reported interaction of youth and vehicles.”

Police asked for anyone in the Gitzel St area between 2pm and 2:30pm on Saturday to contact RCMP if they saw anything suspicious.

“The RCMP reminds parents and caregivers to be thorough in educating children in their care with regards to the risks of speaking to strangers and to immediately report suspicious activity,” said police.