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.
- To every a**hole who complained about last night’s Amber Alert - it worked
- Some a**hole called 911 TWICE to complain about the Amber Alert message
- The people who called 9-1-1 to complain about the Amber Alert will not be charged
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 Amber Alert for Noah Ducharme has been cancelled. Noah and his mother were located in Calgary at 5:30 am. Noah is unharmed. Thankyou to everyone who shared the information about the Amber Alert. #yeg #yyc
— Edmonton Police (@edmontonpolice) March 16, 2019
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.
the child outweighed the momentary inconvenience that some people encountered. Tragically this incident did not have the outcome we were all hoping for but the suspect was located as a direct result of a citizen receiving the alert and calling 9-1-1. The system works. 2/2
— Cst. Akhil Mooken (@OfficerMooken) February 15, 2019
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.
Thankful the recent Amber Alert had a successful outcome.
Very disappointed to learn of people calling #Calgary 9-1-1 to complain about being woken up & interruption to their TV shows!
— Cst. Mark Smith (@CstSmith) March 17, 2019
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.
No normal thinking person is going to complain about a life saving emergency measure such as an Amber Alert
— Tony Thibaudeau (@tonytibs) March 17, 2019
Unreal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first or last instance of nonsense called into 911. Brutal.
— Cpl. Kerry Shima (@KerryShima_RCMP) March 17, 2019
You can wake me up over and over again if it helps find a missing child. SHAME on anyone who ever says otherwise.
— Leslie More Ruether (@lesrae05) March 17, 2019
This is a sad statement about how selfish and self centred people are these days. Sadly, I just see things getting worse. I will never complain and will always share far and wide and keep my eyes open. I would want people to do that for someone I cared about.
— Gimli Cat (@gimli_cat) March 17, 2019
Unbelievable… Wake me up!!
I don’t care if you have to call me personally to tell me about a missing child – wake. me. up!
— 🐺Sue K 🐺 (@SLKSheWolf) March 17, 2019