A Winnipeg woman with dementia who was kidnapped early Saturday morning was found safe and sound inside a car that had been stolen about 10 hours earlier.
At about 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Winnipeg police confirmed that the 63-year-old woman had been found. CTV News has removed his name and photo to protect his privacy.
Winnipeg police issued an emergency alert after the woman with dementia was kidnapped in what police described as a “completely random incident”.
Police say the woman was in the back of a blue 2012 Jeep Patriot that was parked at a gas station in the 3600 block of Portage Street. While the jeep was parked, police said a man approached and stole it shortly before 2 a.m.
CCTV shows a man approaching the jeep, climbing to the passenger side, and sliding into the driver’s seat. Police say a family member who was driving with the woman is then seen approaching and trying to stop the robbery, but the jeep is turning away.
Winnipeg police issued an emergency alert shortly after 11 a.m., telling people to be on the lookout and to call 911 if they saw anything.
Shortly after the alert was issued, someone called 911 to say they believed they saw the jeep in the Charleswood area, police said. Although it was not the stolen Jeep, police said officers remained in the area and continued their search.
Just before noon, officers came across the abandoned stolen jeep in the Glendale neighborhood.
“(The woman) was found alone and was not physically damaged inside the car,” police said in a statement.
Earlier today, Winnipeg Police also issued a Silver Alert, which is issued when a vulnerable adult is reported missing. fixed amount. Jay Murray of the Winnipeg Police Department said the fact that the woman had dementia made the situation more serious.
He said that while car thefts are fairly common in Winnipeg, it is unusual for someone to be inside the car when it is stolen.
“This is an unusual incident. We have no indication that these parties know each other,” Murray said. “At this point, it appears to be a completely random incident and a crime of opportunity. »
Police said no arrests were made at this time and the suspect had not yet been identified. However, the Major Crimes Unit is investigating. Murray said it was unclear whether the suspect knew the woman was in the pocket before or during the robbery.
Police said the suspect was described as six feet tall and black-haired. He was seen wearing a gray jacket, dark shorts, a white lettering hood, sandals and white gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.