Release Date: December 12th, 2018 - 3:55pm
Originator: D/Sergeant Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215
Contact: Detective Barrett Gabriel, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2219
On December 12, 2018, the Halton Regional Police Service was called to St. Marguerite D'Youville Elementary School in Oakville in response to reports of a possible child abduction.
Shortly after 8:40 a.m., a male was observed forcibly attempting to take a young boy away from St. Marguerite D'Youville Elementary School and towards a vehicle. A number of bystanders, including staff and parents intervened and separated the male from the boy. The boy was not harmed during the incident. Halton police officers arrived on scene and arrested the male.
Investigation by police has revealed the accused is the father of the boy involved in this incident. To protect the identity of the boy, the name of the accused will not be released by police.
Police investigation has also revealed moments before grabbing his son, the accused mistakenly grabbed another student at the school. This interaction was brief and the student was not injured.
The accused's attempt to take his child was in contravention of a Family Court Order which restricted his access to the child.
A male from Mississauga (47) has been charged with:
- Abduction in contravention of custody order (2 counts)
- Assault (2 counts)
- Disobey Court Order
The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing which is scheduled for December 13, 2018.
Anyone who may have additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Barret Gabriel of the Halton Regional Police Service at 905-825-4747 ext. 2219.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.