A report of an attempted abduction near Alice Brown park in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood turned out to be a prank, police said. The incident caused several days of anxiety in the surrounding area. Undated Google image

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

It was around dinner time on June 9, a Saturday, when a teenage girl who was babysitting two toddlers decided to walk them to Alice Brown Park near 44 Avenue and 200 Street in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood.

On the way, she said, she had an unsettling encounter.

As they were heading for the park, she said a white van passed them once, and the driver said something, but the girl couldn’t make it out.

The van circled back and stopped on the road.

That was when the driver asked if they wanted candy.

The girl said, no, loudly, and walked away quickly with the children.

The van drove away.

After officers spent several days knocking on doors and reviewing security camera footage, the truth finally came to light.

Two teenage boys, only a few years older than the babysitter, were driving in the area and chose to scare the kids.

Police interviewed the pair and decided not to recommend criminal charges.

“It’s unfortunate that these young men thought that what they were doing was fun,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said the incident upset the whole community for days.

“Once it was found to be a prank, we were all very upset and understandably angry,” the resident said.

“I truly hope this story won’t be told as a boys-will-be-boys, just a joke kind of thing,” the resident added. “This has caused terrible after-effects (in the community) and I would hate anyone to think this (was) one bit funny.”

“The amount of time and effort and money, along with the fears put into this young girl and the community as a whole, is awful,” the resident said.

“Why there wasn’t some restorative justice for youth utilized, I don’t know.”

The resident praised RCMP for their response.

“They (the police) took it very serious, quickly, and we are so thankful how hard they worked from night one.”

Cpl. Largy said police always take such reports seriously.

In May, the detachment issued an advisory telling students walking to or from school to walk with friends when possible and be aware of their surroundings. Avoid wearing headphones that could hinder your ability to hear approaching vehicles or people and don’t talk to strangers.

“If you are approached by someone unknown to you, keep moving towards a well-populated area,” the advisory said.

“Always report the incident to police.”

READ MORE: Aldergrove student foils would-be abductor

READ MORE: Langley City launches new crime prevention campaign



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Huge crack and bang heard as Wood Lake fractures

‘It was roaring across the lake,’ Lake Country woman recounts sound of crack in Wood Lake ice

Former Prime Minister comes to Kelowna

Stephen Harper will speak in Kelowna March 12

Global Music Fest to take over Creekside Theatre

The music festival will take place Feb. 23

Vibrant Vine mixes jazz and wine tasting

The special celebration took place to commemorate Family Day long weekend

UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball falls to WolfPack

The Heat’s Brennan Goski closed his career to graduate in spring

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Okanagan College professor awarded for promoting financial literacy

Leigh Sindlinger received a Distinguished Service Award for inspiring financial literacy in youth

Poll: What do you think of Family Day weekend’s move?

Until this year, Family Day has fallen on the second Monday in February

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read