Durham Regional Police have concluded their investigation into an alleged incident of a teen being grabbed by a stranger in an Oshawa park. Investigators determined that the incident did not occur.

The teen entered into a youth diversion contract with Durham Regional Police Service. If the teen does not complete the contract satisfactorily, criminal charges may follow.

Police would like to remind the public that making a false report to police is punishable by public mischief charges.

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Durham Regional Police Service is investigating after an Oshawa teenager reported being grabbed by a stranger in an Oshawa park yesterday.

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 16-year-old Oshawa female was in Cordova Park, in the area of Glen Street and Malaga Street in Oshawa, when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male. She was able to punch the male and wrestle free, then the male ran off in the direction of a vehicle in the parking lot. The female ran home and told her mother and police were called. She received only minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a male, about 6’ tall, olive complexion, approximately 35-40 years of age, having a thin build with short dark salt and pepper hair. He was wearing dirty and torn clothing and may be associated with a four-door grey vehicle with tinted windows.

Anyone with new information about this incident, or who has video or dashboard camera footage from that approximate time, is asked to contact D/Cst. Duguay of Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2764.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.