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Off-duty Abbotsford cop stops man accused of abducting son

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm PDT

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A Valemount man accused of abducting his eight-year-old son was arrested by an off-duty Abbotsford cop Wednesday morning

The officer spotted the suspect's vehicle on her way home from work

Two suspects were arrested without any incidents and the child was not harmed

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A sharp-eyed, off-duty police officer from Abbotsford helped police stop a man from Eastern B.C. accused of abducting his eight-year-old son.

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP says the officer saw the suspect’s mini-van in Coquitlam early Wednesday morning as she headed home after her shift.

“(She) was aware we were looking for this man and his eight-year-old son, and spotted the vehicle they were believed to be in, and contacted the police,” she says.

Two people inside the vehicle were arrested without any incidents, and the child was returned unharmed.

“It’s very important, the more eyes out there you have looking, the greater the chances of success, and in this case it certainly proved to be just that successful,” Saunderson says.

“Happened to be in the right place at the right time, and because the information was shared, this officer knew to be on the lookout for, and happened to be very vigilant at the end of the shift.”

A 51-year-old man was arrested, but aren’t releasing any names as the investigation continues.

Saunderson this all serves as an important reminder of the importance of communication between police departments.