Vancouver: Vancouver Police are warning the public after a 12-year-old girl was groped Tuesday morning on Vancouver’s West Side.

At around 7:45 a.m. February 13th, a young girl was walking along West King Edward Avenue at Pine Crescent when she stopped at the southwest corner to use her phone. A man ran up to her and quickly groped her before running southbound on Pine Crescent.

The man is described as white, late 40s to early 50s, with grey stubble on his face, and he may have had a noticeable freckle on his cheek by his right eye. He was wearing a black toque, a t-shirt, tight black yoga-style pants, and a black backpack.

“The VPD have been working to identify this man since receiving the report on February 14th,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “We want to encourage people to watch out for one another and to report any suspicious behaviour to 9-1-1 immediately.”