Arrest in North Dundas school suspicious person case

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Correction: This story has been corrected on Oct. 12 to include a dropped word in the third paragraph. Abduction charge relates to someone not being a parent or guardian of the child.

WINCHESTER – Provincial police have arrested a suspect in connection to a suspicious person seen talking to children outside a North Dundas school Wednesday.

SD&G OPP announced late Friday afternoon that 30-year-old Joshua Meredith of Ottawa was arrested.

Meredith is charged with kidnapping, abduction of a person under 14 as it pertains to not being a parent or legal guardian of the child, criminal harassment, dangerous driving and flight from police.

Police did not release any details concerning the charges.

OPP say the Ottawa OPP Highway Safety Division, the OPP Regional Support Team and the SD&G Crime Unit aided in the arrest around noon Friday.

Police had said a man was spotted around Winchester Public School on Louise Street around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 14).

An email from the school to parents says a man in a white car was questioning some students during recess through a fence on the property. When a teacher came up to the man, he drove away, the school said.

Meredith is in jail awaiting a bail hearing in Cornwall.