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Suspicious males attempting to pick up children; OPP asking for public’s help

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – The Russell County Detachment has received two separate complaints about a suspicious male attempting to pick up a child from a local day care and a suspicious vehicle which followed a child biking in Russell, ON.

The first incident occurred on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at approx. 5:00 p.m. A male attended a local day care and pretended he wanted to pick up a child but could only provide a first name. The staff confirmed with parents that no one was supposed to pick up their child.

The suspect was described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • Approx. 5’9″
  • 35-40 years old
  • English speaking with no accent
  • Cover with tattoo
  • Well built
  • Facial hair – (unshaved, no goatee and no sideburns)
  • Wearing plaid t-shirt

The second incident occurred on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at approx. 2:30 p.m. An unknown person driving an older black car slowed down and followed a child biking on Concession Street and Craig Street in Russell, ON. The windows and windshield were tinted so assistance is being sought from the public in helping to identify the vehicle with the following description:

The vehicle is described as:

  • Older black car (size between a Honda Civic and Nissan Maxima)
  • With tinted windows and windshield
  • Dark rims
  • Unknown marker
  • Rust above from plate

It is unknown if the two incidents are connected. If you can assist to identify the male or the vehicle or have any information in regards those events please contact Detective Constable Michael CUNNING ([email protected]) or 613-443-4499 or toll free at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or call 9-1-1.


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Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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