Police Receive Reports of Men Attempting to Lure Children into Vehicle

Published on: 2018/06/12 - in Releases

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communications issued the following release following reports of a suspicious man attempting to lure children into his vehicle in Amherstview.  Note: Pratt Street, mentioned in the release, may be listed on maps as Pratt Drive.

UPDATE: Kingston Police have also posted a release of a similar incident in the city.

On June 11, 2018 at approximately 5:32pm the Loyalist Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a suspicious male in the town of Amherstview.

A male driver approached a 12 year old girl on Pratt St, Amherstview and asked if she wanted candy. The young girl ran away and police were called.

The suspect is described as white male, mid 60s with a gray beard, wearing a hat and sunglasses.

The vehicle is described as an older model Dodge minivan silver or white in colour with several rust spots on the lower parts of the exterior.

The suspect has been observed driving on the wrong side of the road approaching youth pedestrians. In other instances he has offered rides to other youth, often using candy and similar items to lure children into his vehicle.

Police are looking to identify the male and his vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Napanee OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at l-800-222-8477(TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Kingston Police Report Children Being Approached by Stranger Offering Candy

Kingston Police wish to notify the public of information regarding two recent incidents involving a man approaching young children and offering them candy. In both incidents the man offered candy if the children went with him to his white van, however no van was actually seen.

Reports are conflicting to some degree, however in one incident that occurred in a park off Curtis Crescent, the male was described as white, in his 20’s, 5’8”, average build, dark brown past the shoulder hair, and wearing dark clothing.

The incidents are being investigated and anyone with similar incidents or any information, is asked to please contact Detective Amanda Smith at 613-549-4660 ext. 6292 or via email at amsith@kingstonpolice.ca.

Parents are encouraged to remind their children to stay away from people they do not know. The following link provides some good advice on this: kidsmartz.org/StrangerDanger

You can also provide tips anonymously via:

  • By calling our general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to be anonymous
  • By calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Source: OPP_COMM_ER | KingstonPolice on Twitter