To every a**hole who complained about last night’s Amber Alert - it worked

Feb 15 2019, 9:08 pm

Last night, countless people were woken up by a loud (if your phone wasn’t on silent) Amber Alert regarding 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, who had been abducted by her father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar.

While most of those in the region were concerned for the child’s well-being, there were, unfortunately, many (many) people who were more concerned that the alert had woken them up.

And let’s get one thing clear, Amber Alerts aren’t new. We’ve received them before. Hell, we’ve even received test alerts before. If you don’t want to be woken up by one, mute your phone, or put it on Do Not Disturb. You have options.

Yet, countless people still thought their best move was to take to social media or email and call the police to complain about the late hour of the alert, all while a little girl’s life was hanging in the balance.

Tragically, the incident didn’t have the outcome police were hoping for, but the alert did end up being the direct reason the suspect’s vehicle was spotted and reported to police.

And at approximately 12:30 am, Peel Police confirmed that Riya had been found dead in a residence in Brampton and her father was arrested.

An officer with Peel Regional Police called the complaints “disappointing” and “upsetting,” and adding that while he appreciates a lot of people were sleeping, the immediate need to locate the child “outweighed the momentary inconvenience that some people encountered.”

While last night’s Amber Alert may have caused a momentary disruption for some, a child and her family’s lives have been changed forever.

Thankfully, there are still some compassionate people left in this world.

Ainsley SmithAinsley Smith

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