Niagara Falls man charged after attempted kidnapping of two girls

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Published April 11, 2022 at 2:44 pm

Two failed attempts to kidnap young girls from a cheerleading championship in Niagara Falls has seen a Niagara Falls man charged with attempted abduction.

Niagara Police were called to the scene on April 10 by concerned coaches at the Canadian Cheer All-Star National Championships, held at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre from April 8 to 10.

The police discovered that at 11 am, a male food service station employee employed by a third-party vender completed his shift and went into the public area of the building. A coach saw the male approach a nine-year-old girl and try to remove her from the building before he stepped in to intervene.

A short time later, the male again attempted to remove a 10-year-old girl from the building but took off when he saw coaches approaching him.

Neither child was physically injured and police say the suspect and the child victims were not known to each other.

Despite the two failed attempts, the suspect returned to the scene at 2:30 pm planning on going back to work. He was arrested instantly.

Rodney Kwadjo Ababio, 19, of Niagara Falls has been charged with two counts of attempted abduction of person under the age of 14.

He was held in custody for a video bail hearing today (April 11) at the courthouse in St. Catharines.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, extension 1022200.

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