Abbotsford police have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to abduct a child.
According to police, a 12-year-old boy was at Clearbrook Library between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, when he was approached by a man.
Police say the man attempted to convince the boy to leave the library with him. The boy refused and informed his parents.
Abbotsford Police were contacted the following day and quickly identified the man as 71-year-old Patrick Marini of Abbotsford.
Charges of attempt kidnapping and abduction of person under 14 were laid against Marini, resulting in his surrender to police on Thursday afternoon at 4:15 p.m.
Marini was previously convicted of sexual assault in relation to a 2012 incident. He is under a conditional sentence order and a probation order as a result of that conviction.
Both orders stipulate that Marini is not to have contact with any person aged 16 or under.
APD detectives want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident on Tuesday.
In addition, police want to speak with anyone aged 16 or under who Marini may have contacted.
Patrick Marini is 5’4” tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has grey hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about the incident or concerning Marini should call the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).