Vanier warns students about apparent abduction

Posted By: Laura Casella · 2/1/2013 1:12:00 PM

Students and staff at Vanier College are being advised to be cautious on and around campus and not to engage in conversations with strangers.

The school has sent out a message through its internal email system warning about an abduction and assault near the school Thursday morning.

The email says a member of the Vanier community was abducted and assaulted.

According to Montreal Police, a 17-year-old student was walking to school around 7 am when she was approached by a man in his fifties. 

"She was walking on the sidewalk on Tassé and O'Brien. You will recall it was raining yesterday morning. The man approached her and offered her a lift, and she went on board the vehicle on her free will," explains police spokesperson Laurent Gingras. 

He says once inside the car, the suspect began making comments of a sexual nature toward the victim. Gingras says she was able to get out of the white-coloured vehicle quickly.

"She went to the school to find help and call emergency services. She was met by investigators shortly after."

Police say the victim did not know the suspect.

Vanier College refused to give an interview to CJAD on the matter, referring us to police. 

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