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Nanaimo RCMP are searching for an adult male who tried to grab an 8-year-old girl as she was riding her bike home from school.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday June 11th on Bradley St, in central Nanaimo.

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The girl told police that she was riding her bike when a man suddenly got out of his truck and the next thing she knew, was standing beside her.

He proceeded to ask her if she wanted to see something in his truck, and then tried to grab her.

Fortunately, the child was able to kick at the would-be kidnapper and continued on her way home where she immediately reported the incident to her mother, who then alerted police.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man with a dark beard and dark hair, and was wearing sunglasses. The girl was unable to recall how old he was or describe his clothing at the time of the incident.

He was seen driving a red pickup with a white strip, but no description of the make, model, or the age of the vehicle was provided.

“The young lady did everything she needed to do to remove herself from a dangerous situation and should be proud of her actions,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.