Man charged with alleged abduction of five-year-old girl also faces unrelated sexual assault charges

A man who allegedly abducted a five-year-old girl on a residential street over the weekend has been charged, police say.

Girl was riding her bike Saturday evening when approached by a man she didn't know

The area near 99 Avenue and 157 Street where Edmonton Police say a 5-year-old girl was abducted before being found unharmed a block away. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

A man charged with allegedly abducting a five-year-old girl in west Edmonton over the weekend also faces two unrelated charges of sexual assault, dating back to last year.

Police say a man approached the girl Saturday night while she was riding her bicycle with her older brother.

The girl did not know the man, who allegedly took hold of the bike's handle bars and led her away from the area, police said. The incident happened at about 8:15 p.m. near 157th Street and 99th Avenue.

The girl's older brother ran to a nearby residence, police said, where he alerted a family member.

When family members took chase, the suspect fled the area.

The little girl was found minutes later, about one block away. She was safe and unharmed.

Police soon located a suspect and made an arrest.

Detectives from Edmonton Police Service's child protection unit continue to investigate the alleged abduction. (CBC)

"This young man followed his instincts and certainly did the right thing by running home and notifying family members immediately," said Det. Manuel Illner with the Edmonton police Child Protection Section.

"I encourage all parents to talk to their children about what to do in the event they are approached by a stranger."

Detectives from the child protection unit continue to investigate.

​Dusty Greg Chalifoux, 37, is charged with abducting a child under 14 years of age and breaching recognizance.

Chalifoux also faces two unrelated charges of sexual assault in relation to incidents that occurred in October and November.

He appeared in court all charges Tuesday morning.