Child ab­duc­tion at­tempt in Sibley's Cove

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

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