Belleville police looking for suspect after 14-year-old-girl narrowly escapes abduction in city’s east end

Belleville Police Service

In a harrowing incident that unfolded on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Belleville Police Service has issued an urgent appeal to the public for assistance following a reported attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl in the city’s east end.

Police say the incident occurred around 3 p.m. when the young girl was walking along Southview Avenue. According to reports, she was approached by an adult male driving a white car. The male, whose identity remains unknown, allegedly asked the girl to enter his vehicle. When she refused, the situation escalated. The man reportedly jumped out of his car and attempted to physically pull the teenager into the vehicle against her will.

Thankfully, the girl managed to break free from the assailant’s grip and immediately dialed emergency services for assistance. Belleville police officers responded to the distress call, racing to the scene. However, upon arrival, neither the male suspect nor the vehicle could be located.

Authorities have described the suspect as a man of approximately six feet tall, with a medium build and short dark facial hair. The suspect was operating a white sedan at the time of the incident.

Detective Constable Erin McAdam, who is leading the investigation, has urged anyone with information related to the incident to come forward. She can be reached via email at emcadam@bellevilleps.ca or by phone at 613-966-0882, extension 4185.

Additionally, Belleville Police are encouraging individuals with any potential leads or video footage of the incident to provide their assistance. Information can also be shared anonymously through the Crime Stoppers program by calling 613-969-8477 or by visiting their website at https://crimestoppersquinte.ca/.

The Belleville Police Service is emphasizing the importance of community cooperation and vigilance in ensuring the safety of all residents, particularly the city’s young and vulnerable members. Residents are urged to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activities to the authorities promptly.

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