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BC man arrested after allegedly using Snapchat to lure minor to local park

BC RCMP have arrested a man in an alleged child luring case.

Shortly after 6:30 pm on Feb. 21, 2024, Richmond RCMP received a report of an attempted child luring.

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Officers were told by the complainant that a man had been communicating with her child via Snapchat and asked the child to meet him at a local park.

“The complainant interceded, and the man was detained until police arrived on scene,” said police.

Investigators were able to identify additional youths that the man had communication with.

“We recognize there may be additional youth who have been in contact with this man. We are issuing this alert so that parents, youth and the community as a whole are aware that police are actively investigating this matter and encourage anyone with information to come forward,” says Inspector Michael Cohee, Officer-in-charge of Richmond RCMP Investigative Services.

“This investigation also highlights the importance of maintaining open communication with your children about their personal safety and use of social media.”

Police say the suspect is known to frequent parks in the Steveston area.

The man has been released from custody on an undertaking, with multiple conditions. Some of those conditions say that he is not to be in contact with the victims or their families, or to communicate with or be in the presence of anyone 18-years-old or under.

He is also forbidden from attending any park, public swimming area, daycare centre, playground, community centre or theatre where minors could be present.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, police add.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding this file is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2024-5744. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online.



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