Police investigating possible attempted abduction and luring in St. John's

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The RNC says it's investigating three incidents that happened in recent days, including one in which a man attempted to force a woman into a red sedan.  (Bruce Tilley/CBC - image credit)
The RNC says it's investigating three incidents that happened in recent days, including one in which a man attempted to force a woman into a red sedan. (Bruce Tilley/CBC - image credit)
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Three incidents in recent days have police issuing a warning about a man who they say attempted to abduct a woman and lure other people in St. John's.

Const. James Cadigan, spokesperson for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said a man attempted to force a woman into a small, red sedan in the centre area of the city.

The man is described as being black, tall and skinny.

Additionally, the RNC said it's also investigating two other incidents involving a man matching the same description.

According to police, the first incident occurred in which a man operating a similar vehicle approached a woman and attempted to lure her into the vehicle in the east end of St. John's. In the other incident, the man made "verbal comments" to two youths attempting to lure them toward him in the downtown area of St. John's.

The RNC said it's investigating these incidents and is attempting to establish any connection between them.

"Right now, this is the information we have available," Cadigan said. "We wanted to make sure that the public was alerted that we had received these reports … [to] ensure safety and preparation, based on this information, when you're out and about in the community."

Police are searching for the man and asking anyone who sees a driver matching the description, or who can provide more information, to contact the RNC.

"Any time you hear incidents of this nature it's scary, it's frightening," Cadigan said.

"Observe as [many] descriptors as possible.… Do not approach this person. Ensure you have a phone on you if you go out in the community."

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