Child abduction attempt in Sibley's Cove
A man reportedly tried to lure a young boy into his truck Sunday, June 14, in Sibley’s Cove.
The boy in question lives in Brownsdale and was walking towards his grandmother’s house in the neighbourning community at lunch hour when a truck passed him along the main road.
“A truck came past him, made a complete circle (and) came back off by the garage parking lot and stopped and (the driver) told him to get in the truck,” his grandfather told The Compass. It’s believed no one else was in the truck.
“He said he had his phone in his pocket, but he was too scared to take it out and take a picture,” the grandfather added.
The boy immediately ran away and made it to his grandparent’s house. Police have interviewed the boy, and according to his grandfather, others in the Trinity South area reportedly noticed a similar vehicle that day. According to police, it was a dark-coloured pickup truck with a wooden tailgate and box.
The grandfather said his grandson thinks the man could be in his 30s.
The Compass is not publishing the grandfather’s name in order to protect the boy’s identity.
According to a spokesman for Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, steps were taken last Monday to educate students about how to handle these sorts of encounters.
“Tricon Elementary was made aware of the situation and the administration has requested that the school’s guidance counsellor discuss safety with all students,” the spokesmans wrote in an email to The Compass. “This discussion will include ‘stranger danger’ and more specifically, what steps students should take to keep themselves safe and how to react in certain situations, particularly if approached by a stranger.”
At this point, police consider the case to be an isolated incident.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Trinity Conception RCMP detachment in Harbour Grace at 596-5014.