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Code word helps girl, 10, avoid possible abduction in Ajax

Durham Regional Police said a prearranged parental code-word helped a 10-year-old girl to avoid a possible abduction outside her school in Ajax, Ont.

Police said the girl was approached by a man outside Applecroft Public School, located on Coles Avenue, while she waited for parents.

The man told her he was sent by her mother to pick her up. However, when the girl asked the man for the code word set up by her parents, he didn’t know it. So the girl walked away and went back into her school.

Police said this appears to be an attempted abduction involving a couple — a man trying to lure the young girl while a woman waiting in the car.

Suspect #1 description:
-Male
-White
-Medium build
-Was unshaven and wearing a grey hat, blue scarf and green jacket with red and black high-top sneakers

Suspect #2 description:
-White
-Female
-Possibly in her late teens or early 20s
-Long blonde hair
-Was wearing a purple and pink hat

The vehicle is described as a small, blue-grey two-door sedan with a noticeable dent on the rear bumper to the left of the license plate.

Parents in the area are very concerned.

“Kids can’t be kids nowadays, you’ve got to worry every minute,” one parent told CityNews Channel. “I walk my kids to school as much as I can, or drive them to school,” another said.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520 (ext. 2541), anonymously to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.