Toronto man charged after allegedly trying to abduct 12-year-old girl from downtown

Roberto Armando Vasquez is seen in an undated photo. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police say a 47-year-old has been charged in connection with an alleged abduction attempt of a 12-year-old girl in the city’s downtown in April.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, officers said the girl was walking near Lower Jarvis Street and The Esplanade at around 5:40 p.m. on April 23 when she was approached by a stranger.

Investigators alleged a man asked the girl where she lived, how old she was and other personal questions before asking her to leave with him.

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Police said the girl told the man she didn’t want to go.

The statement said the accused was arrested on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation.

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Officers said Roberto Armando Vasquez was charged with (trying to) abduct a person under 14 years old and criminal harassment. The statement said he appeared in a downtown Toronto court Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, anyone with information about the incident was asked to call police at 416-808-5100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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