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RCMP arrest man after ‘attempting to befriend’ young girl in southern Alberta park

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An Edmonton man is facing charges after allegedly approaching a young girl in a southern Alberta park.

According to RCMP, officers in Brooks were called to the city’s Duke of Sutherland Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for reports of a suspicious man.

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In a news release, RCMP said it was alleged the man walked up to a six-year-old girl and began speaking with her “in an apparent attempt to befriend her and solicit personal and inappropriate information.”

RCMP said the man and the young girl were not known to each other.

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Officers located a suspect and took him into custody. Police allege the 40-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

He is facing several charges including causing a disturbance.

RCMP haven’t released the suspect’s name as the charges against him haven’t yet been sworn in.

The man has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Brooks Provincial Court on Oct. 7.

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