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<p>The attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl on Monday should serve as a reminder to parents to have a safety plan in place, according to a provincial children’s advocate.</p>

Parents asked to be cautious after abduction attempt


The attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl on Monday should serve as a reminder to parents to have a safety plan in place, according to a provincial children’s advocate.





Child Find Alberta said the aggressive, daylight kidnapping attempt involving a young girl in Temple is uncommon, but not impossible.





“A stranger-attempted abduction is rare, period. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen any time of day, any place and anywhere,” Brad Bostock, executive director of the organization, told Metro.





Child Find has tips for concerned parents who want to ensure their child’s safety — after yesterday’s scary incident in which the man followed the girl home, waited and then tried to grab her as she left her home again.





Bostock thinks it is important parents ensure open communication with their kids to the point where they won’t be scared to tell their parents about an incident.





“They should also walk in pairs in the buddy system and have safe houses in the neighbourhood to go to that they trust,” he said.





While police said tips are coming in, they have no solid leads on a suspect — and this has some parents worried.





Lana Armstrong, mother of a 14-year-old girl who attends a northeast school, said although she was careful with her daughter before, she will be even more careful now.





“I didn’t let my daughter walk alone before; she always had to have her friends with her. But now I will be picking her up and dropping her off as much as I can until this guy is caught,” she said.





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




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca














Suspect’s description


  • Cops are looking for a Caucasian male between 20 and 26-years-old with a medium build, reddish hair and a short, red beard. He was wearing a brown baseball cap with the words AC/DC, a black hoodie, blue jeans, white runners, a gold ring and reflective lens sunglasses. They are also seeking a purple or red sedan with tinted windows, a smashed front headlight and a large scratch on one of the doors.


 
 
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