A 10-year-old girl in Ajax, Ontario, thwarted a possible abduction bid when she asked a man, who claimed to have been sent by her parents to pick her up from the school, a secret code word that her parents had given her. He told the wrong one and the girl walked off thanks to her parents' sensitivity and the girl's intelligence.
The student from Applecroft Public School had been given a prearranged code word by her parents to be used in just the precise situation that she was in. She was quick to sense something was wrong when an unknown man came to pick her up and that was the moment she had to verify if he really was sent by her parents.
"He said the wrong word," Det. Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police told The Star, "She said, 'That's not it,' and she walked away."
The girl said that a female was sitting in the man's car in the parking lot and she was able to memorize part of the number plate of the car and she could give good descriptions of both the car and the two people involved in the foiled kidnap plan.
The entire incident took place at around 3:30 p.m. Monday when the girl was waiting to be picked up from her school located near Magill Drive and Westney Road in the town just east of Toronto.
The man, who claimed to have sent by her parents, pointed towards the car in which a woman was seated. She knew that they couldn't have been sent by her parents when she asked the man to give her the word. She quickly spoke to her parents when she reached home shortly after rejecting to go with them and her parents in turn called the police.
The police have released the descriptions of the suspects they gathered with the girl's help and series of possible vehicle plate numbers.
The vehicle has been described by the police as a small sedan, blue-grey in color with a noticeable dent on the rear bumper.
The man is described as white, unshaven and medium built and he was wearing a grey hat, a blue scarf, and green jacket and a red-and-black high-top sneakers.
The woman is also described as white, possibly in early 20s, with long blonde hair.
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