Attempted abduction at High Park playground sparks police search for woman
Woman got into altercation with father and child, police say
Toronto police are warning parents to be cautious over March break after a possible abduction attempt in High Park.
Police said they want to speak with a well-dressed woman who appeared to be 30-years-old in connection with the incident, which took place near the Jamie Bell Adventure Park — known to many as the "castle playground" — last Saturday afternoon.
Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said the woman was involved in an altercation with a father and his child, but didn't provide further details.
Sidhu said it's still unclear what exactly happened, but the situation is "definitely alarming … especially at March break," Sidhu told CBC News.
For now, police are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children. Sidhu said parents should "trust their gut" and contact police if anything seems suspicious.
The woman left before police could speak with her.
Several parents interviewed by CBC News at High Park said they saw police officers patrolling the park Tuesday.
"It scares the crap out of me," Mikhail Thelmus told CBC News.
Kelly Colner said the incident scared her so much that she was reluctant to bring her son and his friend to the playground today.
"I find this park hard to keep my eye on them anyway," she said.
Police didn't release images of the woman, but described her as five feet seven inches tall with a slim build, brown shoulder length hair and a prominent nose. She was wearing dark designer jeans and a dark jacket at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident or who thinks they know who the suspect might be is asked to contact police directly or Crime Stoppers anonymously.