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No evidence of abduction attempt after Peterborough youth assaulted: police

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In a release issued Wednesday, Peterborugh Police said there is no evidence of any attempted abductions in any part of the City of Peterborough. They are, however, investigating an assault of a child on Crawford Drive as a stand alone incident. – Jul 8, 2020

Peterborough police are seeking a suspect following an alleged assault on a child on Monday night.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, around 9:50 p.m. an unknown man attended a residence on Crawford Drive and allegedly assaulted a young child who was outside the home at the time.

The suspect was chased off and was last seen running on Barbara Crescent, police said.

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The child did not require medical attention.

The incident was later reported to police and officers are currently investigating.

The suspect is described to be of medium build, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing between 180 to 220 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweat top and black pants and shoes.

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Police also say there is no evidence of an attempted abduction in this case or any recent attempts despite postings on social media about incidents.

“There is also no evidence of any attempted abductions in any other area of the city at this time,” police stated. “This incident is being treated as an assault and is being treated as a standalone incident.”

Police say anyone with firsthand information — not information passed through or posted on social media — is asked to call at 705-876-1122 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online.

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