MARCHURST – Ottawa police are warning residents about an attempted child abduction at a park March Road. 

“The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Sexual Assault/Child Abuse (SACA) Section is investigating a suspicious incident involving a male in a vehicle approaching young persons and trying to get them into his vehicle,” the OPS released in a statement yesterday (Nov. 7).

On Friday, Nov. 6 around 3:40 p.m., a male driving a long white SUV approached two children as they were exiting a park in the March Road and Second Line area of West Carleton. The closest park to that location is Bannockburn Park, but the police did not confirm the park. 

“The male attempted to pull one of the children into the van but got scared away,” the OPS said. “He left the children unharmed and drove away.” 

The male is described as Middle Eastern, 50 to 60-years-old with dark hair, greying on the sides. The SUV has a broken mirror and a peeling license plate. 

“Police were called and responded immediately but the suspect was not located,” the OPS said.

The Ottawa police is reminding parents to frequently review tips for children with respect to safety rules. Parents should teach kids what to do when approached by a stranger. Where possible, avoid walking alone.

However, the following tips are offered to children walking alone: 

Ensure a family member or caregiver knows your route and arrival time;

Do not talk to strangers;

Do not accept rides from strangers;

If an unknown adult is seeking your attention, do not approach them or the vehicle;

If being followed, go to a public place, a known residence or shout for help.

For more personal safety tips, visit ottawapolice.ca