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Two attempted abductions in Langley may be linked, say police

Langley RCMP are asking the public to study these sketches of a man accused in the attempted abduction of two 12-year-old girls in two separate occasions. The sketches are very similar.  - RCMP
Langley RCMP are asking the public to study these sketches of a man accused in the attempted abduction of two 12-year-old girls in two separate occasions. The sketches are very similar.
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Langley RCMP are now looking at the possibility that the same suspect is responsible for two different attempted abduction in Langley.

The most recent attempt took place on Feb. 1 in Langley City and the prior attempt took place Oct. 31 in Fort Langley.

A 12-year-old girl was grabbed by the wrist by a Caucasian man on Feb. 1, in the 5100 block of 205 Street, near the path to Al Anderson Pool.

The girl managed to break free and run and hide in a nearby forest, said her dad. Once she felt safe, she ran home and told her parents who quickly called police.

In the altercation, she managed to get a very good description of the suspect and with help from a police sketch artist could produce a composite drawing of the suspect.

The circumstances of this occurrence and the sketch provided are remarkably similar to a prior attempted abduction on Halloween day at the Fort Langley cemetery, said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

In that occasion, a 12-year old-girl was standing near the cemetery around noon, when a man approached her and grabbed her wrist.  She screamed, kicked him in the shin and ran back to her school (Langley Fine Arts School).

No words were exchanged between the two and in this instance, no vehicle was seen.

The young victim worked with a composite artist very shortly after the attempted abduction and a sketch was distributed through the media.

In the Feb. 1, attempted abduction, the girl was approached by a Caucasian man in his 30s, with brown scruffy hair, 5’9”, stocky build, a scratch on the right side of his face, wearing a black zip up hoody, dark blue jeans and white Nike runners.  In addition, he was wearing a silver watch adorned with Roman numerals on his right arm.

He was driving a white pickup truck with a large dent on the rear passenger side near the tailgate and a dent on the driver’s side door with scratches surrounding it.

The young girl told police the man was leaning against his truck which was parked at the side of the road.  As she passed by, he grabbed her wrist so she pushed him and ran. Just as in the attempted abduction at the cemetery, no words were exchanged.

Police made extensive inquiries throughout the neighbourhood on Feb. 1, however no one was able to identify a suspect, said Marks.

Langley Serious Crime has taken over this investigation.

Police are asking the public to study both composite sketches and if you have any information that would assist with either investigation, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.  Should you need to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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