Police Beat: Attempted Abduction in Mapleton Township

Attempted abduction

PERTH EAST – Police are investigating an attempted abduction just outside Mapleton Township last week.

Perth County OPP officials say the incident occurred on Perth Road 131, near Line 86 in Perth East, on July 26 at about 11:10am.

“A youth was riding their bike on Perth Road 131 when they were stopped by a male standing outside of his vehicle,” police stated in a press release.  

“The suspect began to ask multiple questions, made some inappropriate comments and then grabbed the youth. The youth was able to get free after a short struggle.”

Police say the vehicle “immediately left the area” and was last seen travelling northbound on Perth Road 131 towards Mapleton Township.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, about 5’6” with a heavier build, short to medium dark hair, stubble, a slight accent and wearing a white button-up short sleeve shirt with a black vest. The vehicle is described as an older turquoise car (possibly a hatchback). The rims on the driver’s side are rusted.

Anyone who may have been in the area of Perth Road 131 between Line 83 and Line 86 that has a dash-cam or anyone in the area who has home surveillance is being asked to contact police.

Anyone with information can call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.P3tips.com. Tip providers may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. 

Careless driving

BELWOOD – A Wasaga Beach driver has been charged after a hit-and-run collision here.

On July 16 at about 3:30pm, Wellington County OPP responded to the collision on Broadway Street. 

Police say “a southbound motor vehicle had passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed, struck a vehicle that was turning on to a sideroad and then attempted to leave the scene of the accident.”

A 36-year-old of Wasaga Beach was charged with careless driving and failing to remains at the scene of an accident. The defendant is to appear in Guelph court on Sept. 13.

Late-night charges

MOUNT FOREST – On July 18 at about 3am a vehicle entered a RIDE checkpoint operated by Wellington County OPP officers on Main Street South here.

“Officers observed a quantity of cannabis in the vehicle within reach of the driver,” police stated in a press release. 

“A baton and a noxious substance suspected to be pepper spray were also located during the investigation.”

A 42-year-old woman from  Hillsburgh, was  charged with driving without insurance, driving with cannabis readily available and two counts of failing to comply with a release order. 

She is to appear in Guelph court on Sept. 15.  

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Anyone with information about any of the above incidents can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at csgw.tips.