RED DEER, Alberta – A sixteen-year-old Canadian girl was allegedly abducted outside her own home by a man posing as a police officer, complete with flashing lights on his car and a gun, officials said Monday.
A 56-year-old man was charged Monday with aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping with a firearm and posing as a police officer.
The girl is not being named because she is an alleged victim of a sexual assault.
"We believe that the vehicle being operated by the accused was equipped with a red-and-blue flashing light similar to those used by the police, and he also may have worn clothing that gave the appearance that he was a peace officer," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Patrick Webb said.
There were signs the girl left her truck in a hurry after parking it outside the back of her house Thursday night.
Webb said he wasn't sure whether the girl was shown a gun at the time of the alleged kidnapping. The girl didn't know the man and he wasn't known to police, he added.
On Saturday night, the girl called her parents, crying and scared, from a mall following a massive manhunt by the community and her frantic family. Her father said she had to beg for her life during the two days she was kept captive.
The girl's mother said Sunday that while her daughter's experience was horrific and horrible, she was a "very strong girl" and was coping with the ordeal.