The Regina Police Service is asking for public assistance in its investigation of a potential kidnapping which was reported to police last night, but is believed to have happened sometime in the early morning hours of July 7, 2015, in the area of the 1200 block Retallack Street.
Police received this report at about 7:30 p.m. on July 9, 2015. The victim, a 19 year-old female, described that she had been at a house party in the 1400 block of Elphinstone Street in the early evening of Monday, July 6th. At about midnight, she left the house to walk and indicated she saw a white van, with no side windows, driving toward her. The victim said the van pulled up beside her and a male got out, grabbed her and pulled her into the back of the van, while striking her repeatedly on the head and face. The male suspect got into the driver’s seat again and the victim believes the vehicle drove around for some time before the male got out and opened the back door of the van. The victim said she fought with the male and got away, running back to the house she had come from. The victim said she was too afraid to report to police right after the event occurred. The suspect is described as male, Caucasian, about 40-50 years old, with a full beard, wearing dark clothing and a black ballcap.
Anyone who witnessed this event or saw or heard anything suspicious in this area around midnight on Monday, July 6th or shortly afterward, is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police have not yet been able to identify a suspect in this case; the investigation is ongoing. Until more is known, police are encouraging Regina residents to re-think their personal safety plans, especially when alone at night. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are unfamiliar with an area, or do not feel safe walking alone, ask a friend to walk with you. Do not make yourself more vulnerable by becoming intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. If you are victim of crime, get to a safe location and report to police immediately. Anyone who sees a crime in progress should call 9-1-1.