On August 11, 2017, at 10:15pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of a possible attempted abduction of two young girls.
Police say that the girls, ages seven and eight, were at the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive when a masked suspect exited a vehicle and approached them while they were on the swing set. The masked suspect then attempted to pull the girls off the swings. An unknown female that was driving by, witnessed what was occurring and stopped to offer her assistance. The suspect fled the area in a pickup truck, possibly a blue Dodge Ram.
RCMP report that the girls were unharmed as a result of the incident. The witness who stopped the possible abduction attempt then helped them get their bicycles and stood watch as they safely made it back home but did not stay to speak with police.
RCMP would like to speak with this female witness. It is believed that she was driving a dark coloured Jeep and had a dog with her.
“This is a very concerning incident and the Thompson RCMP are taking every measure to track down the suspect,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “We need anyone who may have seen something or may have information to contact us immediately. We also ask that parents in the Thompson area to be vigilant and to take this opportunity to speak to their children about what to do if approached by a stranger.”
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have any information, or any residence in the area of the Rotary Park on Deerwood Drive that may have video surveillance, are asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.