Suspect in child sex assault surrenders to Hamilton police

A Hamilton man who was wanted in connection with an alleged child abduction and sexual assault has surrendered to police.

John Adam Greene, 29, turned himself in to police headquarters Monday

John Adam Greene, a suspect in an alleged abduction and sexual assault on a child, turned himself into police on Monday. He is due back in court on May 28. (Hamilton Police Service)

A Hamilton man who was wanted in connection with an alleged child abduction and sexual assault has surrendered to police.

In a Monday news release, Staff Sgt. Mike Spencer said John Adam Greene, 29, of Hamilton, turned himself in at Hamilton police headquarters Monday afternoon.

A day earlier, authorities called out to the public to ask for help in finding Greene, whom police identified as the suspect in an alleged Saturday attack on a child.

Around 3:45 p.m. that day, police responded to an address on Sanford Avenue where a child had allegedly been abducted and sexually assaulted.

Authorities said on Sunday that the child is now safe. 

Greene, 29, faces charges related to abduction, aggravated sexual assault, sexual interference, assault causing bodily harm and threatening death. 

'Everybody's in shock'

Authorities have otherwise remained tight-lipped about the alleged attack and have not specified to members of the media the building where the incident took place.

However, residents of a housing co-operative on Sanford Avenue North say the alleged abduction and sexual assault occurred inside their complex and that numerous police officers were on scene Saturday investigating the incident.

The victim is female, according to a woman who said she lives on the same floor as the girl's family.

"She has a loving mother," the neighbour said.

Speaking with CBC Hamilton before the arrest was announced, the woman said news of the alleged assault has residents frightened, with parents ordering their children to stay together in groups when they go outside.  

"I moved here 21 years ago and I’ve never heard of anything like this happening," she said. "Everybody’s in shock."

CBC Hamilton reached Greene’s uncle, Gerald Trudel, by phone on Monday afternoon.

"I have not spent much time in his presence in close to 20 years," said Trudel, a resident of Brampton, who said his nephew had last been in contact over email in late 2013. 

He said he didn’t know how long Greene has been living in Hamilton, but noted the 29-year-old was born in Toronto.

"At this point, I won’t comment or make any more statements regarding his past."