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Woman approached by stranger in “shocking” incident in New West

Suspect unsuccessful in attempts to grab a victim and drives off in a blue van with another man
New Westminster police are investigating an Aug. 27 incident on Quayside Drive.

A woman contacted police following a suspicious incident on Quayside Drive on Saturday night.

About 10:20 p.m. on Aug. 27, the New Westminster Police Department was notified of a suspicious incident that had occurred earlier that evening in the Quayside neighbourhood. A woman in her early 40s told police she’d been walking on a sidewalk on Quayside Drive at about 7:30 p.m. when she was approached by a blue van with two male occupants.

“The passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to grab the victim without success before getting back in the van, laughing, and driving away,” said a NWPD press release.

The passenger is described as a South Asian man, 6’0’ tall, medium build, approximately 35 to 40 years old, with a trimmed beard; he was wearing a black jacket. No description was provided for the driver.

“This incident was quite shocking for the victim,” NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Justine Thom said in a news release. “While incidents like this are rare, we encourage the public to always be vigilant. We recommend you be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Investigators are also reaching out to the public in hopes of locating any dash-camera footage from this area. Anyone who witnessed this incident, has dash-camera footage or has any information that may assist investigators is asked to call police at 604-525-5411 and reference file 22-13060.