WATERLOO — Waterloo Regional Police investigated a story about an attempted abduction of a young girl outside a Waterloo arena being shared on social media.
The post claimed that a man tried to grab a 12-year-old girl near her family’s car outside Moses Springer Community Centre in Waterloo on a Tuesday night.
It says the man sat beside the girl who was watching her brother practise at the arena. “Nicely dressed, seemed interested in the practice,” the post read.
The post said that after practice ended, he followed them to their car and tried to grab the daughter and take her, but the mother intercepted and got her away.
Police have received several phone calls and messages about the post.
“We understand people are concerned, which is why we looked into it,” Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said.
Police have not uncovered any reports similar to the account that was posted online and which is being shared on social media.
It starts with the address “hockey friends — I just got a message from a friend who used to have a daughter on faith’s team.” It ends with stating “the mom is sharing with as many hockey moms as she can.”
The post said the alleged incident happened “at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night” but it doesn’t give a specific date. The post said the family called police right away after the incident, but police did not find any reports matching that information.
Greeno encourages people to come to police to file a report before posting on social media. That allows officers to do a proper investigation, she said.
Further the message claims they were told human trafficking is a “huge problem” in the region and police are investigating 75 cases of girls of this age being taken.
Greeno said police are investigating several human trafficking cases in the region, but none include reports of abductions or attempted abductions like what is described in the post.
Police urge anyone with information about a suspicious person to call the service at 519-570-9777.