A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attempted abduction of two children at a cheerleading competition in Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls Convention Centre had hosted the Canadian Cheer All-Star National Championships over the weekend.
Niagara Regional Police said a man had approached a nine-year-old girl on Friday and “tried to remove her from the building.”
Police said the man, employed by a third-party vendor, had been working at a food station.
After he finished his shift at about 11 p.m., he entered the public area of the building and approached the child.
A coach observed the male try to remove the child and intervened.
A short time later, police said, the male attempted to remove a 10-year-old girl from the building.
The suspect fled the scene when he observed several coaches approaching him.
Neither child was physically injured.
The suspect and the children were not known to each other.
Police were able to identify a suspect and he was arrested Sunday when he returned to work at the Stanley Avenue facility.
Charged with two counts of abduction of a person under the age of 14 is Rodney Kwadjo Ababio of Niagara Falls.
Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked by police to contact detectives at 905-688-4111 ext. 1022200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.