Scary incident for young boys has police looking for suspect

Two similar incidents of a man attempting to invite boys into sexual contact have Red Deer RCMP looking for one or more suspects.

Two similar incidents of a man attempting to invite boys into sexual contact have Red Deer RCMP looking for one or more suspects.

The two incidents, one on June 27 in the Pines neighbourhood and another on July 5 in Parkvale, are similar in nature. However, police said the victim in the first incident was unable to provide a physical description of the man in the incident, so it is unknown if they are linked.

The most recent incident took place at about 5 p.m. on July 5 when a 12-year-old boy was in his yard, in the area of 48th Avenue and 46th Street, when he saw the man hanging around in the area.

The man walked past the yard once before approaching him and inviting sexual contact.

He fled the area when the boy’s parents approached and was seen walking south toward Rotary Park. Police made immediate patrols in the area but did not locate the suspect.

The earlier similar, but not necessarily connected, incident took place on June 27 in the Pines. A man, who was described as between 20- and 30-years-old, approached a 14-year-old teen after school and verbally invited sexual contact. The age was the only description the victim could provide.

In both cases, the boys were not touched or harmed by the male suspect(s).

Police describe the suspect from the second incident as a Caucasian male with a tanned complexion. He is about 25 years old, 1.72 metres (five foot eight) tall and weighs about 73-82 kg (160 to 180 pounds), described as thin build. He has blond, very short hair and no visible facial hair, but may have had a little peach fuzz. He was wearing a black muscle shirt with beige shorts and had no visible tattoos.

Anyone with information about the suspect(s) or the incidents is asked to call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Or those wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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