With the world being so connected right now, information can be shared in an instant. This has been vital in stopping criminal acts all over the world and especially vital in child abductions.
On June 5, 2019, Officer Ryan Kay was presented with an award by Vaughan Mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua, for assisting in the capture of a child abductor. Officer Kay was off-duty in the early morning of February 15th, 2019, heading north on Highway 400. Thanks to an Amber Alert for an 11-year-old girl, Riya Rajkuma, that had been sent out at 11:30 PM the night before, he recognized a vehicle the police were looking for. He called 911 and followed at a safe distance until the Ontario Provincial Police could take over. Thanks to Kay’s attention to detail and selfless actions, Roopesh Rajkumar (the girl’s father) was arrested and unfortunately, her body was found and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police reported numerous 911 calls regarding this alert - but not with information; rather, complaints about being disturbed in the middle of the night by the amber notification. However, Officer Ryan Kay showed integrity and courage by stepping up for his community. Police are stressing the importance of amber alerts. What you see and report can save a child’s life and bring criminals to justice.
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