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Several arrest warrants have now been issued for a man in connection with the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from Deerfoot Mall.
On Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim was shopping with her father when the two became separated. While separated, the victim was approached by a man who said he was a police officer and that she was shoplifting.
The victim initially went with the offender, but became suspicious and started questioning him, telling him she did not want to go with him. It was at this point that the offender picked up the victim and carried her to his vehicle.
The offender drove north out of the city toward Airdrie where he was pulled over for a traffic violation on Highway 567 by a member of the RCMP. At the time of the traffic stop, the girl had not been reported missing. The victim was sitting in the front seat of the offender’s van, but was so scared that she didn’t say anything to the officer. The offender was issued a ticket and drove away.
A short time later, the offender drove to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant and let the victim out of the van. The girl called 911 and when the RCMP arrived told them she had been kidnapped from Calgary.
The victim was taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital for a precautionary check.
Canada-wide warrants have now been issued for John Francis DIONNE, 43, of Linden, AB. DIONNE is charged with kidnapping, child abduction, assault, robbery and impersonating a police officer.
DIONNE is 5’9” tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of two dragons on his upper right arm.
DIONNE is driving a 1997, green or turquoise-coloured Dodge Caravan with AB plate BBT 2981. This plate may now have been removed from the vehicle.
A man wanted on several arrest warrants in connection with the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from Deerfoot Mall has been caught.
John Francis DIONNE was arrested by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) at approximately 6:05 p.m., at a residence in Linden, AB. He is currently being interviewed by investigators.
DIONNE is charged with kidnapping, child abduction, assault, robbery and impersonating a police officer.
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