August 18, 2014 12:01 pm

Man uses candy, cash to try to lure boy from downtown Winnipeg park

A man tried to lure a five-year-old boy away from his mother at Central Park on Sunday, Winnipeg police say.

Jeremy Desrochers / Global News file

WINNIPEG — A man tried to lure a five-year-old boy from the splash pad at Central Park this weekend, police say.

A mother and son were playing at the downtown park at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when a man approached the boy and tried to pull him away from his parent.

The man used candy and money to get the boy to come with him, police said.

A lifeguard on duty noticed what was happening and intervened. The man then left the area.

Cops are looking for a man described as black, approximately 25 years old and 5-foot-6 with a slim build.

He was wearing a red hooded jacket, green shorts and a gold necklace and was carrying a green and black Thomas the train backpack.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Winnipeg police or Crime Stoppers.

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