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Toronto salesman accused of accosting girl, 11, inside home

A Toronto man faces several charges including assault after an incident in Burlington involving an 11-year-old girl.

Halton police say the 19-year-old, who was working as a salesman for National Home Services, was going door-to-door in the Riverside Drive area on Saturday afternoon, trying to get homeowners to switch their hot water tank services.

He tried to sell a hot water tank to the girl’s mother, but the woman decided against it. However, when the mother left the home to run some errands, the salesman returned.

Police say the girl heard a knock on the door and as she went to answer it, she saw the door being opened so she went to grab the phone.

Police allege the salesman opened the door, walked in and approached the girl.

“[He] went into house and approached the young child on the landing and basically asked the child if her parents were home,” Halton police Det.-Sgt. Ron Hansen said.

Police alleged he then put one hand on her mouth and told her not to scream and that he wouldn’t harm her, while his other hand was on her shoulder.

She managed to escape unharmed and sought her neighbour’s help to call police.

The salesman fled the scene but was arrested a short distance away.

Daniel Wright is charged with break, enter and commit assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats.