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Man wanted after allegedly trying to abduct 8-year-old girl near Toronto school

Police say investigators are looking to identify the driver of a red SUV in connection with an attempted abduction investigation.
Police say investigators are looking to identify the driver of a red SUV in connection with an attempted abduction investigation. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who allegedly grabbed and dragged an eight-year-old girl in an abduction attempt near a north-end elementary school.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, police said officers were called on Friday with a report about a “suspicious incident” near Blaydon Public School.

Investigators said the girl was walking near the school, located just west of Downsview Park, at around 3:30 p.m. when she was approached by an unknown man.

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Officers alleged the man grabbed the girl and covered her mouth before dragging her about 60 metres to what is believed to be a red Mazda CX-5 SUV with tinted windows.

He then reportedly tried to force the girl into the SUV, but she was able to break free and run away.

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The suspect was described by police as being between 40 and 50 years old and five-foot-eight, and having a skinny build and short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-pink t-shirt, grey sweat pants and black dress shoes.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.