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Man charged in girl-dragging incident

JOHN HERBERT, Free Press Reporter   2004-01-16 03:37:06  

A London girl who threw a snowball onto a lawn earlier this week was chased by a man down the residential street and dragged back to the home, city police say. The incident on Limberlost Road left the girl with minor injuries and resulted in a man facing assault and forcible confinement charges.

It also triggered an icy response from police.

"It was completely uncalled for,'' Const. Paul Martin said yesterday. "You don't lay a hand on anybody, let alone an 11-year-old.

"This was a situation that got out of control. As a citizen, you have certain rights to your property, but . . .''

Police said the girl suffered a cut above an eye, a bruise to one knee and a scratch to her neck.

Police are withholding the man's name and address to protect the girl's identity.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday as the girl walked home from school.

Police said the occupants of the house claim they had trouble with a youth a day earlier.

When the man in the house came out to deal with the girl, police say, she began to run.

Police said the girl was tackled a short distance from the home, where she bumped her head, and was dragged several feet by her coat until she walked back to the house.

Some witnesses went to the door of the house, but were told by the man and his wife they had called police and planned to hold the girl until police arrived.

Police said a confrontation followed at the door between the man and one of the witnesses. When police arrived, the individual was charged with assaulting the man, and the man with the charges involving the girl.

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