Const. Scott Mosher said the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has been following up on the various tips received about the suspicious beige van and the driver in the Curling area of the city. However, the man has not been positively identified and the vehicle has not been located.
While the heightened sense of security from late last week has diminished, the message from police about the safety of children when dealing with strangers is as important as ever.
“It appears to be an isolated incident,” Mosher said. “We haven’t had any more information that this has happened again. Perhaps the heightened awareness has prevented this person from doing it again.”
The officer was complimentary of the actions of the young boy to get away from the situation, as it is still only speculation what the intentions of the man could have had.
“At the very least, we would like to identify who is responsible,” he said. “Whether that leads to criminal charges? The facts and the evidence will determine that.”
The RNC received the complaint Thursday at about 5:30 p.m. The man was described as being in his mid-30s with thin facial features, blonde hair and wearing a baseball hat. He was reported as driving a recent model beige van with black piping or plates added to the rear bumper. The alleged incident happened on Georgetown Road near Candow Drive.
As police investigate, anyone with information is asked to contact the RNC at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.