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Police seek witnesses after attempted abduction of flagger near Charlie Lake

On Aug. 4 at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Fort St John RCMP were made aware of an attempted abduction of road flagger, according to RCMP Cpl. Chris Manseau.

Through investigation it was learned that at roughly 9 a.m., a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near Szoo Rd, approximately 27 kms south-west of Charlie Lake. The van came to a stop near the lone woman flagger and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors, exited the van and attempted to pull the woman in it. The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and the van drove off toward Hudson’s Hope. The male appeared to be caucasian and the victim did not recognize this person.

"Currently Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Ft Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect, or the vehicle in this incident," Manseau said. "RCMP members are currently canvassing neighboring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.

Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.

The van is described as;
- dark blue with silver striping
- chrome on front grille
- barn style rear doors

The suspect is described as;
- caucasian male
- approximately 5’9
- no accent when he spoke

"We're asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,"' said Sgt. Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. "Your dash cam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime."

The Ft St John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dash cam video footage to contact the Ft St John RCMP at 250-787-8140.