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Children the target of suspicious activity in Russell

OPP need help to identify a man and vehicle in two separate incidents.

Ontario Provincial Police at the Russell County Detachment are looking to identify a man after they received two separate complaints about a suspicious person attempting to pick up a child from a local day care and a vehicle which followed a biking child.

The first incident happened on Tuesday, around 5:00 p.m. 

Police say a man walked into a Russell day care and pretended he wanted to pick up a child, but could only provide a first name. The staff confirmed with parents that no one was supposed to pick up their child.

The suspect was described as: 

- White
- 5' 9"
- 35-40 years old
- English speaking with no accent
- Covered with tattoos
- Muscular build
- Facial hair included goatee and long sideburns
- Wearing plaid t-shirt

The second incident happened on Wednesday, around 2:30 p.m. 

Police say an unknown person driving an older-model black car slowed down and followed a child biking on Concession Street and Craig Street in Russell. The windows and windshield were tinted, so police need help from the public to identify the vehicle with the following description:

- Older black car (size between a Honda Civic and Nissan Maxima)
- Tinted windows and windshield
- Dark rims
- Unknown marker
- Rust above front plate

It is unknown if the two incidents are connected. 

If you can help to identify the suspect or the vehicle, or have any information in regards those events, please contact Detective Constable Michael Cunning ( or call 613-443-4499. You can also call toll free at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).    

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