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Amber Alert lifted, Edmonton police arrest 47-year-old man

A 14-year-old girl forcibly abducted in Edmonton on Friday has been found safe, police said after cancelling an Amber Alert.

14-year-old girl found safe

A tow-truck removes a red Nissan from the scene where a 47-year-old man was arrested in connection to an Amber Alert issued in Edmonton on Friday afternoon. (Madeleine Cummings/CBC)

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.

Suspect arrested

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.

Abdo Salman, owner of Fix My Phone on 118 Avenue, said the suspect entered his store a few minutes before he was arrested. (Art Raham/CBC)

"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.

A police car remains at the scene of an arrest related to an Amber Alert issued in Edmonton on Friday. (Art Raham/CBC)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeleine Cummings joined CBC Edmonton in 2018. You can reach her at madeleine.cummings@cbc.ca

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