RCMP warn of predators outside bars

Red Deer police are warning people to be cautious of predators when leaving bars.

Red Deer police are warning people to be cautious of predators when leaving bars.

Last Friday, RCMP say a man posing as a cab driver assaulted a woman.

And on Sunday night, another woman was persuaded into a stranger’s vehicle.

Police do not believe the two incidents are related.

At about 2:40 a.m. on Friday, a woman got into what she believed to be a taxi waiting outside a bar with legitimate taxis.

Police say the driver led the victim to believe he was operating a taxi, but then proceeded to drive in a direction other than the address given to him and requested sex.

When the victim attempted to jump out of the vehicle, the suspect restrained her. She successfully evaded him.

The suspect is described as about 30 years old, dark complexion, clean shaven, shorter black hair, wearing a dark-coloured shirt with a collar. He spoke with an accent, possibly East Indian.

The vehicle was described as a green van, similar in appearance to some local taxi vans, but with no business name. It was last seen travelling toward downtown Red Deer.

In the other incident, a woman leaving a bar was offered a ride by a man who gained her trust by telling her they had mutual friends and were going to the same destination.

Once she was inside the vehicle, he refused to let her out and became aggressive. She jumped from the vehicle when it was stopped at a red light and escaped without injury.

The man is described as Caucasian, about 55 to 60 years old, about 1.8 metres tall (six feet), with a medium build, short grey and white hair, no glasses or piercings, and a wrinkled face. His vehicle is described as a newer white Ford F350 truck.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-406-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).