West Kelowna cops looking for man who offered a girl a ride to school

On Tuesday morning, a man in truck pulled up beside the girl and tried to lure her into the vehicle.

The RCMP have issued an advisory after a West Kelowna girl reported a man tried to lure her into his vehicle Tuesday morning in Glenrosa.

Police say the girl said she was approached around 8:30 a.m. when the man pulled up beside her and asked if she wanted a ride to school. She said no several times and he was persistent in asking.

According to RCMP spokesman Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, the driver eventually reached across and slightly cracked open the passenger side door of the pick-up truck he was driving and told the girl that she could hop in she wanted to.

Again the girl said no, and fled on foot.

The encounter occurred near the intersection of Gorman Road and Ficke Road.

When she got to school, the youth later reported the incident to school officials who contacted the RCMP.

“The youth did the absolute right thing, when she told the man “no” and fled the area on foot,” says O’Donaghey.

“The vehicle was not seen again and believed to have departed the area down Gorman Road towards Webber Road.

The man was described to police as caucasian, approximately 45- to 55-years-old with white hair and a  white mustache.

The vehicle he was driving was described as a black four-door pick-up truck—either a Ford or Chevrolet—with tinted back windows and a  loud exhaust.

Police want to talk to the man and say he should contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Const. Sherri Lund of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880 or leave an anonymous message by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.