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Pelham Man Charged in Attempted Abduction


A 44 year old Pelham man arrested and charged following attempted child abduction in Welland.

On Sunday afternoon at 2p.m., a mother and father were shopping with their 5-year old son in the toy section of Zellers at the Seaway Mall in Welland.

Police say the mother was holding her young son’s hand as she was shopping for Christmas gifts when she felt tugging on her grasp of her son.

The mother turned to find a man pulling on her son’s other hand in an attempt to take him from her.

The mother yelled at the man who fled but was captured by the child’s father.

The father turned over the man to Zeller’s management who escorted him out to the parking lot.

The suspect then fled on foot southbound toward Woodlawn Road.

Police later caught up with and arrested a suspect.

44 year old Steven Hozjan is facing charges.

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