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Police release photo in suspected child luring attempt

Police ask anyone with information regarding the man's identity to contact them.
Police released this photo of a suspect in what they believe was an attempted child luring on Merivale Road, May 6, 2019. Photo supplied/Ottawa Police Service

Ottawa police have released a photo of a suspect in an incident where a man tried to lure a child into a vehicle, back in early May.

Investigators say a 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in a vehicle as she walked toward a store on Merivale Road in Carlington, around 5 p.m. on May 6, 2019. When she left the store, police say the man told her to get into his vehicle. The girl ran away.

The man is described as: 

  • Black
  • In his 30's
  • Balding, with a receding hairline and a blemish on the side of his nose
  • Spoke English with a slight accent 
  • Driving an older-model light grey Toyota Camry or Honda Accord-type four-door vehicle 

Police released the photo of the suspect, Friday, and ask anyone with information regarding his identity to call the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or by email:

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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