Kingston Police: Parking lot incident not an attempted abduction

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A rumour that has been widely circulated on social media to alert the community of an attempted abduction bears no truth, according to Kingston Police.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, a post on Facebook began to spread as local social media users continued to share the post. The post claims the there was an attempted abduction earlier that day in the parking lot of the west end Canadian Tire and begins with the words “Beware ladies.” The poster goes on to say her husband witnessed the “attempted abduction,” and that there may have been more than one of these incidents.

According to Kingston Police, while there was an incident that required police presence at the parking lot in question on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, that incident was not at all an attempted abduction.

“Kingston Police have investigated the incident and confirm that there is no danger to public safety,” said Const. Ash Gutheinz, media relations officer with Kingston Police.

There is no cause for public concern regarding an attempted abduction.



  1. Jason Curry November 7, 2019
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