The Ottawa Police Service is investigating a suspicious incident in Barrhaven where a man approached one student and grabbed another. This happened just after 10-thirty a.m. last Thursday (May 11th) at a school on Kennevale Drive, which was holding an outdoor event with students. A man with what may have been a golden retriever dog, approached a female student on a pathway leading from a park behind the school into a residential area. He asked her if the dog was hers. When she replied it wasn’t, he left. The man then approached a second female student and this time when she replied the dog didn’t belong to her he grabbed her by the wrist and said, “Come with me.” The girl resisted but she was physically dragged a short distance before she broke free and told her teacher what happened.
The suspect is described as white, 5 ft 10, medium build, late 30’s to early 40’s with short blond hair. He was wearing one piece black coveralls and a black vest with reflexive “X”s, a dark colored baseball cap with ‘Bass Pro Shop’ written on it and dark sunglasses. Investigators say witnesses or anyone who has experienced a similar incident should call the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (OPS news release)