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Man arrested after alleged attempted abduction in Merritt

Police stop abduction

Merritt RCMP were called to an attempted abduction at Diamond Vale Elementary school on July 30.

The Merritt RCMP were called to an incident at the Diamond Vale Elementary school grounds on July 30 shortly after 9:00 p.m., in relation to a report of an attempted abduction,” reads a report issued by the detachment.

“Three twelve-year-old girls were reported to have been assaulted and held against their wills by a male. Merritt RCMP officers converged on the area and took a 37-year-old male into custody, the first two officers were on scene within four minutes of receiving the call.  A taser and knife were seized by police at the scene. Male was held in police custody overnight to await a court appearance the following day.”

The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges against Merritt resident Jamie Leighton Atwater. The charges are:

– One count of Assault with a weapon Section 267(a) CCC;

– Two counts of Possess weapon for a dangerous purpose Section 88(1) CCC;

– Uttering threats Section 264.1(1)(a) CCC.



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