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Police issue peculiar public plea

Have you seen this red truck?

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Sources told the Free Press this truck is linked to an alleged abduction attempt on Main Street.

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Sources told the Free Press this truck is linked to an alleged abduction attempt on Main Street.

It's a case that has raised a red flag for Winnipeg police.

And now investigators want to know whether anyone has seen a red truck connected to an attempted kidnapping that allegedly happened Monday afternoon.

A 27-year-old Saskatchewan man is currently in custody, accused of trying to grab a 16-year-old Winnipeg girl as she walked down Main Street.

It was believed to be a random attack. Police say the teen was approached near Bannerman Avenue by a man who "tried to convince her to get into the vehicle." When she refused, the man pulled his vehicle ahead, stopped in her path as she tried to cross St. John's Avenue and grabbed her arm.

The girl managed to break free and run away. Police say the accused struck her with a water bottle as she fled to get help.

Police were called and quickly spotted the vehicle in the area of Salter Street and Magnus Avenue.

An accused was arrested at the scene.

Julian Littlechief, 27, is charged with attempted kidnapping and assault with a weapon. He is being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.

On Wednesday, police issued a peculiar public plea: They released a photo of a bright red truck and said they are seeking assistance "relative to the vehicle's potential involvement in any recent incidents" throughout the city.

No other details were provided, but sources told the Free Press the truck is linked to the abduction attempt. There are concerns other potential victims may have been approached.

Anyone having any information regarding this vehicle is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS.

www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 14, 2013 B3

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