Police are looking for some help after two eerie incidents in Sherwood Park.
On Monday at around 3:45 p.m., a nine-year-old boy was walking home from school on Pine Street and was approached by a man driving a white van. The man allegedly got out and asked the child if he wanted candy. The boy refused and started to run home with the suspect jogging in the same direction. He was able to get home without further incident.
The suspect has a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with two thin grey stripes, a grey face covering, a black coat and boots with red velcro.
The van is described as a white cubed van with a blue thick strip, a thin grey line at the bottom and a lifted up back with graffiti on it.
At around 7:15 p.m. on the same day, a 14-year-old girl walking on Lakeland Village Drive noticed a vehicle following her. The teenager began running and the suspect got out and began running in her direction. As the youth approached a nearby park, she noticed the suspect no longer behind her.
The suspect is described as mid-30s, tanned skin, 5’8" to 5’10", round face and a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a grey baseball hat, skinny jeans, white sneakers and a baggy grey and black hoodie.
The vehicle is reportedly a white older van with rust around the wheel wells and a solid horizontal blue strip.
While the cases appear very similar, police cannot confirm if it is the same person or vehicle.
The Strathcona County RCMP will continue to investigate these two incidents.