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Whistler RCMP arrest man wanted in attempted Canmore child abduction

Suspect to be returned to Alberta

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The Whistler RCMP apprehended a suspect wanted by Alberta police after the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old girl in Canmore. The RCMP received word he was in Whistler and conducted a search on Thursday, Feb. 16, showing the suspect's photo around town. While police were searching Whistler Village on foot, they received word of a possible sighting on London Lane in Creekside, and attended. They located the male, who was arrested without incident. The male is being sent back to Alberta to answer charges of abduction and invitation to sexual touching, stemming from the incident on Feb. 15.

According to the report, 37-year-old Jorge Begancourt is alleged to have pulled an eight-year-old girl into a public washroom in Canmore, and invited a sexual act from her. The child ran away to safety and was not physically harmed in the incident.

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