Police Charge Mississauga Woman in Connection With Abduction Allegation that Led to Amber Alert
Police have charged a woman with public mischief after she allegedly filed a false report regarding an abduction that never happened.
On Jan. 15, a witness told Peel police that she saw a female being forced into a van in the St. Barbara and Comiskey Blvd. area in Mississauga. The witness provided a description of two male suspects, along with a description of the supposed suspect's van.
Later on that evening, a 15-year-old Mississauga girl was reported missing. Due to information received from the witness, police believed the abduction victim and missing teen were one and the same and an Amber Alert was issued.
The missing teen was later located in Toronto by Toronto police in good health. Police investigated and determined that the teen was not the victim of an abduction.
After the teen was found, police continued to investigate the alleged kidnapping, dedicating resources and personnel to the incident while also involving partnering agencies.
According to police, an intensive investigation has revealed that there is no evidence that an abduction of any kind occurred. Police have charged 32-year-old Mississauga woman Uzma Khan with public mischief.
Khan was released on a promise to appear with a court date of Tuesday, February 28 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
"Peel Regional police would like to remind the public that making a false police report affects the entire community. False reporting results in misuse of police resources and can ultimately prevent others in need from receiving appropriate policing response and services in a timely fashion," Peel police said in a statement.
Public Mischief is a considered a dual procedure offence and if convicted, an offender can be face up to five years in prison.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word "PEEL" and then your tip.
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