Amber Alert lifted, Edmonton police arrest 47-year-old man
14-year-old girl found safe
A 47-year-old man has been taken into custody in relation to an Amber Alert issued Friday afternoon.
A 14-year-old girl who was forcibly abducted in Edmonton on Friday has been found safe, police said after cancelling the alert.
The Amber Alert was issued after the girl was abducted at about 3 p.m. MT in the area of 84th Street near 105th Avenue.
Police said students from a nearby school told a school resource officer that a suspicious man was seen talking with a girl in the area.
Police warned in the Amber Alert that the suspect may be armed and dangerous. Police later said it was reported that the man had a handgun in his vehicle and was seen leaving with the girl.
Police issued the Amber Alert at 4:10 p.m., urging the public to contact them with any relevant information. Police said the suspect vehicle was a red sedan, last seen travelling west on 106th Avenue.
A bystander called 911 and alerted the operator to the vehicle's whereabouts.
Police arrested a 47-year-old man just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of 97th Street and 118th Avenue.
Abdo Salman, who owns the nearby repair store, Fix My Phone, said he spoke with the suspect minutes before he was arrested.
Salman had seen the alert on his phone.
"When I got this alert, I told everybody inside, I told him, I have a feeling this guy is going to show up at the shop today. I'm not kidding," he said.
He said the man came into the store and asked about unlocking an Apple iPhone. He left a few minutes later and, according to Salman, police arrested him inside K & W Coin Laundry & Dry Cleaning Depot.
Police said the girl, who was not harmed, was taken to the Zebra Centre to be interviewed by child protection service officers. Police have a warrant to search the suspect vehicle for the reported handgun and continue to investigate.