The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 52-year-old man following an alleged child abduction incident that took place in west Edmonton yesterday afternoon.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, West Division officers responded to the report of a suspicious person in the area of 177 Street and 69 Avenue. It was reported to police that an adult male was attempting to lure a child away from the area. Upon arrival, police were directed by a witness to a nearby shopping complex where they located the child and took the male suspect into custody without incident. The accused also had two imitation firearms in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Curtis Allan Poburan, 52, has since been charged with abduction of a child under the age of 14 years, criminal harassment, use imitation firearm in the commission of an offence, possession of an imitation weapon for the purpose of committing an offence (x2), carry a concealed weapon (x2), breach of probation order(x3) and failure to comply with an order.
Investigators believe there may be additional complainants and are encouraging anyone who may have been victimized in a similar way to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567or #377 from a mobile phone.
The child is receiving support from the Zebra Child Advocacy Centre. To find information about the support provided by the Zebra Child Advocacy Centre, visit their website. Information about online luring and child abuse can be found on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection website.