Alberta Amber Alert leads to successful rescue of abducted 8-year-old boy

Mar 18 2019, 10:08 am

Edmonton Police issued an Amber Alert on Friday night after an 8-year-old boy was abducted by his mother.

The alert came in just after 9:40 pm on March 15 and stated that the boy was in “imminent danger” and provided details on his, the mother’s, and a vehicle’s description.

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According to the alert, the boy had been abducted from his elementary school at around 2:50 pm and was believed to be travelling in the Calgary area.

Thankfully, the alert was called off by Saturday morning after the boy was located safe and sound in Calgary at 5:30 am by an off-duty police officer who had received the notification.

The mother has since been taken into custody.

Last month saw a similar Amber Alert issued for the Toronto area, and while the alert worked and the suspect was located, it was too late for the 11-year-old girl, Riya Rajkumar, who was allegedly abducted and murdered by her father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar.

Peel Regional Police issued an Amber Alert at 11:36 pm local time on Thursday, February 14, which resulted in both the arrest of the suspect and people taking to social media to complain about being woken up by the alert — some people even called 9-1-1 with their complaints, clogging up phone lines that are reserved for emergency situations.

Unfortunately, the same was seen in Alberta following Friday’s Amber Alert, with Calgary Police Service’s Digital Communications Officer Mark Smith tweeting on Sunday that he was disappointed that some Calgarians had also called into 9-1-1 to complain.

Fortunately, his tweet was met by many Calgarians who had received the alert condemning those who complained and stating that they would be more than willing to be woken up again if it means potentially saving a life.

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