Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 17:13 EST
Last updated Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:15 EST
The Vancouver police are looking for a man who drew a six-year-old girl from a playground and sexually assaulted before returning to school.
Police have caught the public eye for cameras and other video surveillance in the hope of identifying a suspect after the child has made the allegations.
"We have no reason to believe this does not happen," Const. Jason Duccet reported at a press conference on Wednesday. "This is a vulnerable member of society, a six-year-old child.
Police reported that the incident occurred on December 5 at the Sexsmith Elementary School on the southern tip of Vancouver. The child was attracted to a man from the school's playground and taken to his nearest place where he was sexually assaulted.
The police will not say how the child is attracted and it is not clear when the incident happened. Investigators want camcorders with backgammon cameras by anyone who drives in the area within six hours of a window between 8:30 and 2:30.
Daseet said the police "is still trying to work out the specifics" of the timeline
– We'll limit the timeline. This will be important. But right now, at that time, we are focusing on its well-being and identifying the responsible, "he said.
"We need to be very sensitive in working with the memory of a six-year-old child, we want to get reliable and accurate information in the least traumatic way that will affect this child."
Police describe the suspect as "a darker-skinned, approximately 30-year-old, with brown or gray hair." He also wore gray trousers, police said.
"There is no reason to believe that the victim and the suspect know each other," Dussett said.
Asked how the little girl did, Dousset said he was safe and received support from his family.
Police have compared the incident with similar incidents in the past, police said.
"We have not stopped digging the past, we also maintain relationships with our partner agencies, and our goal here is to identify this person and hold him accountable."
Police want footage from anyone who has driven the 58th Avenue north to the West, West 60th Avenue to the south, Ontario Street to the east, and Cabi Street to the West.
"You may find information that you do not know is important, but it can be very important for our investigation," said Duccet.