Guelph Police Service make arrest in 2 attempted child abductions

Guelph police say a 70-year-old man from Rockwood, Ont. is facing several charges following two separate attempted child abductions in the city.

The first incident happened on May 31 after police received a report that man had tried to lure a 10-year-old boy into a van in the area of Alice and Huron streets.


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A similar incident happened on June 2 in the area of Willow and Dawson roads involving a 12-year-old girl.

“Through investigation, police were able to link the two incidents together and charge the man accordingly,” said Const. Josh Fraser in a phone interview on Friday morning.

Police arrested the suspect on Monday night and charged him with two counts of attempted abduction of a person under the age of 14, committing an incident act, and five counts of breaching his probation.

The suspect is scheduled to have a court appearance on Friday.

Fraser said police are not aware of any other incidents involving the suspect, but anyone with additional information can call the lead investigator at 519-824-1212 ext. 7359.


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Fraser added the two children did everything right by walking away and telling an adult. He said this incident could serve as a learning tool for parents and their own children.

“If they are approached by anyone that they are not familiar with, contact their parents and let them know about the incident or report it to their school,” Fraser said.

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