Attempted Abduction in Ottawa
You just never know, when it could happen to you. One minute your child is there, the next they are nowhere to be found, and it could happen right in front of you.
Yesterday at the St. Laurent Transpo station a 3 yr old girl was almost abducted right in front of her parents. And it was only the quick thinking and actions of her parents, and another man that came to their aid that stopped it from happening. The child was actually in the strangers arms and heading to the backdoor before their yelling caused the man to put the child down and board a bus, escaping the scene. And it all happened in seconds.
What kind of person could be that bold? To try and abduct a child in broad daylight, in front of dozens of people in a crowded bus station? If he had succeeded there is no telling what might have happened, and I shudder to think of the possibilities. This does not sound like it was a random act, one that was acted on a whim. Is this man roaming the bus stations looking for such victims? Looking for a chance to snatch a child while the parents backs are turned for just a minute? How can we protect them every second of every day while out in public? Many times I have seen mothers alone out shopping with one or more children, and it is difficult enough to manage looking after them as well as grocery carts, strollers, and packages. You just don’t view your children as prey, and don’t think about someone watching you waiting for that one perfect moment. But they are out there, and we need to do something about this.
The suspect is described as black, between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-9, medium build, with a strong smell of cologne, short black hair and wearing a black turtleneck shirt. Witnesses also reported that the suspect stumbled as he walked. Anyone with information can call police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.
Is there any way to prevent this? Do we have to keep our children tethered to us with leashes and harnesses every moment when we are out in public? How can you protect them against these monsters that are prowling and searching without you knowing about it? Today there is a family very thankful that things turned out well, but there are many others that were not so lucky.
What are police doing about this? Are there any registered sexual offenders with GPS monitoring? Were any in the area at the time? Do any of the registered offenders match the description? This guy is going to try again, so keep your kids close and keep your eyes open. And please, sign this petition.