The Oromocto RCMP is seeking the public's help following the arrest of a man in connection with two reports of child luring.
In both cases, teenaged girls reported being contacted and befriended by a man on the social media app, Snapchat. Both were lured to meet the man at his vehicle in a public location in Oromocto. Both incidents are believed to have happened on the same day, January 21, 2021, between 1 pm and 4 pm – one incident occurred in the parking lot of the Oromocto Superstore, the other in Anniversary Park in Oromocto West.
In both cases, the man involved drove a white pickup truck with a black back rack.
RCMP identified and arrested a man in connection with the incidents. He was released from custody on an undertaking to police with strict conditions pending a court appearance in August.
"We are asking if you are a victim, please contact police so we can investigate this matter fully," says Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. "We are also asking anyone who may have seen the truck on Thursday, January 21 in the area of Anniversary Park to call police."
If you are a victim, or have any information related to these incidents or similar ones, please contact Oromocto RCMP at 506-357-3400. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.
"We urge anyone using social media platforms to use caution when forming new acquaintances, and to avoid private meetings alone – even if the locations are familiar," says Cpl. Ouellette. "It's important that teens and their parents talk regularly about how to be safe and aware on social media platforms, and online."
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