UPDATE: Attempted Kidnapping in North End Barrie

Allegation was false

WEDNESDAY EVENING: Barrie Police say they have determined there is “no current threat” to the community; that the allegation was false. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Barrie Police say a man tried to grab a young girl right off the street. Just after 9:00 this morning, police say a dark grey minivan approached a 13-year-old girl near East Bayfield Community Centre. Investigators claim the man jumped out of the van, grabbed the girl, and tried to force her into his van. She was able to break free after a short struggle. The man is described as:

  • Male, white
  • Large, muscular build
  • Strong odor of cologne

Last seen wearing:

  • Blue hooded sweatshirt
  • Hood pulled up over his head obscuring his face
  • Blue jeans

Vehicle description:

  • Dark grey in colour
  • Smaller model van
  • Dark tinted windows

Anyone with further information on this incident please contact Detective Constable VanLoosen at the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2605