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Shoplifter accused of pushing child into traffic

Kingston police are searching for a man who allegedly pushed a child into traffic as he fled the scene of a crime.

Officer say the man was pushing a child in a stroller at a Shoppers Drug Mart at Princess and Bagot streets on Monday around 5 p.m.

Store staff, who accused him of hiding merchandise in the stroller, tried to stop him. The man ran out of the store with the stroller and as he approached the intersection, he pushed the stroller towards the street and ran in another direction.

A Good Samaritan was able to stop the stroller before it rolled into traffic. The child, who is under the age of five, was not injured, police said.

Police have identified the suspect and are still attempting to locate him. His name has not been released to protect the identity of the child.

“We can’t say it’s the father of the child, but there is a relationship…it’s not like it was a kidnapping or a child he just saw in the street,” Const. Steve Koopman told CityNews.ca.

The 30-year-old faces charges of theft under $5,000, resisting arrest and child abandonment. Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington are also investigating. The child is in the custody of a parent or guardian, police said.