Man tries to force teen into car at Taradale bus stop, according to police

Man tries to force teen into car at Taradale bus stop, according to police

Calgary police are looking for a man in his early 20s after a teen said he tried to force her into his car while she waited for a bus in Taradale.

The 15-year-old girl was at a bus stop on Taradale Drive N.E. about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday when a man drove up in a grey, four-door Ford car and asked her to get in, according to police.

Police said when the teen refused, the man got out and grabbed her arm, attempting to force her inside. A bus then pulled up and she was able to get away when the driver questioned the man.

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​The girl got on the bus and continued to school, reporting the incident at a district office Tuesday evening.

Police described the man as of South Asian descent, about six-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are now encouraging parents and guardians to talk to their children about what to do if a stranger makes them feel uncomfortable and how to tell the difference between someone they can ask for help, like police officers, transit drivers, teachers or other parents — and a stranger who might be dangerous.

Police also have resources available for parents on how to reduce their child's risk of abduction and how to talk to children about an attempted abduction in their community.