Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who approached a young girl near Lyon Pool on Friday afternoon.
The eight-year-old girl was approached sometime between 3:30 and 3:50 p.m. by a man in a yellow pickup truck, which was parked at the dead end of Boult Avenue, a news release said.
The stranger initiated a conversation with her, asking for help finding his dog, it said.
The girl left the area and reported the incident to police.
The vehicle was last seen leaving the area heading east on York Road.
The driver is described as a white male, about 30 years old, clean-shaven, with short dark hair, possibly a brush cut.
The vehicle was a large, two-door, brand new yellow pickup, with new tires and very shiny rims, it said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guelph Police Service’s Sgt. Tina Ryan or to call Crime Stoppers.
Knife-point robbery downtown
The Red Brick Café was robbed at knife point in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police say an unknown male went into the downtown café at 12:40 a.m. brandishing a knife. He stole two cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the café and heading in an unknown direction, a news release said.
The suspect is described as a five-foot-seven, pot-bellied Caucasian. He was wearing a black toque, oval sunglasses and a black neck warmer that covered from his neck to his nose, as well as a black sweater or jacket, black gloves and dark pants.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Guelph Police.
Fight with intruder
A local resident suffered a separated shoulder and a possible broken collar bone after a fight with a man who broke into the resident’s home Friday.
The fight happened around 2 p.m. when a man entered a house on Emma Street and was confronted by the resident.
The resident was able to remove the man from the house and call police, who arrived to arrest the man minutes later, a news release said.
The resident was taken to Guelph General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which included a possible broken clavicle, the release said.
A 30-year-old Guelph man was charge with break, enter and commit, as well as assault causing bodily harm.
High school arrests
Three boys were arrested in a recent local high school drug enforcement blitz.
On Sept. 26 and 27, the Guelph Police Service’s high school resource officers stepped up enforcement on school drug activity, a news release said. In the blitz, two male youths were arrested for possession of marijuana and a third boy was arrested for trafficking.
These enforcement initiatives will be done regularly throughout the school year in an attempt to deter drug use, the release said.
Boy robbed of phone
Two teens were arrested after a boy was robbed last Wednesday evening.
The victim – a 14-year-old boy – was walking on Kathleen Street at around 6:15 p.m. when two other boys approached and threatened to beat him up if he didn’t hand over his cellphone, a news release said.
The boy gave up the cellphone and the other boys fled the area, it said.
A short time later, police went to a Flaherty Drive residence and arrested two suspects.
The victim was not injured and he got his phone back, the release said.
A 15-year-old Guelph male and a 16-year-old Guelph male were jointly charged with robbery.
Police are looking for leads in an ongoing investigation into two assaults that happened late last month.
On Saturday Sept. 22 at around 11:30 p.m., two Guelph men were assaulted in the Silvercreek Parkway and Paisley Road area after they left an outdoor party in the area, a news release said.
One of the men – a 19-year-old – sustained severe injuries and was taken to Guelph General Hospital to be treated for head and facial injuries, it said.
The second man – an 18-year-old – received minor injuries and did not require medical attention, it said.
No arrests have been made, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect or suspects responsible for the assault.