The 25-year-old father was arrested and later released on Tuesday night, York Regional Police told 680 NEWS.
Police did not indicate whether charges have been laid. They said the investigation is ongoing and did not rule out charges in the future.
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The Amber Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon after the father allegedly picked up his daughter from her Armadale Public School classroom, police say. They left in a mini-van cab, before switching to a second vehicle.
UPDATE: Markham girl, Jannah Jaffri, 5, found safe after AMBER Alert
It’s believed the father was not to have contact with the little girl, but the school was not aware of the restriction.
“At the point that the father had signed her out, there was no information that the school was aware of that he was not to have access to her,” said Const. Laura Nicolle. “So it appears as though he came and picked up the child, from the schools standpoint, legitimately and then we started to see some of these concerns and at that point police got involved.”
Police responded to Armadale Public School, located at 11 Coppard Ave., Markham, after school staff called to report the girl was abducted from her classroom by her father. The father, Soloman Jaffri, 25, is not supposed to have access to the child.
Police were alerted by school staff around 3 p.m. after they realized he was not supposed to have access to his daughter. Const. Laura Nicolle said the father was reportedly still on a list to be able to pick up his daughter.
Nicolle says a concerned citizen who was working at a business on Fairburn Drive who had been following the story, saw the photos of the individuals and believed he saw them.
He contacted police right away and officers rushed to the scene where the father and daughter were found.
“We have to right now look at what exactly happened and determine if an offence has even taken place,” says Nicolle. “If this was a case a parent believing they were legitimate in picking up the child – we have to investigate that further and figure out exactly what we’re working with.”
A five-year old girl who was allegedly abducted by her father in Markham is safe and sound. An Amber Alert was called, after the man took the child from her school. York Regional Police Constable Laura Nicolle says an eagle-eyed citizen spotted them and called police. @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/LoCGf8tojq
Jannah Jaffri is described as four feet tall, with light brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink sweater, white tank top, grey leggings, a navy blue coat and a sparkly white unicorn backpack. She was last seen at Armadale Public School in Markham.
Beck Taxi confirmed it was one of their cabs that was used by the father Tuesday afternoon. They were able to identify the vehicle police were looking for and connect the driver with investigators.
York Regional Police have issued a province-wide amber alert in hopes of locating a missing five-year-old girl.
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We are so relieved that the child has been found safe. Many were asking for a response from Beck. Here it is: pic.twitter.com/4Qr2jFmh76
Five-year-old child found safe, father arrested after alleged abduction from Markham classroom
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The girl is described as a having brown skin, light brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes wearing a pink sweater, white tank top, grey leggings, navy blue coat and carrying a sparkly white unicorn backpack.
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Police in York Region say they have located a five-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her father Tuesday afternoon, prompting an Amber Alert.
York Regional Police say a 25-year-old man took his daughter from her classroom at Armadale Public School in Markham, Ont. at approximately 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Markham is approximately 30 kilometres from downtown Toronto.
The father was not supposed to have access to the girl, but the school did not appear to be aware of that, police said.
Amber Alert cancelled after young girl allegedly abducted by father from Markham school found safe
Police say the father and daughter were found after someone recognized them from photos included with the Amber Alert.
Amber Alert issued by York Regional Police
The Amber Alert was cancelled and the man has been arrested, police say. It's unknown what charges he might face.
The Amber Alert was cancelled around 6 p.m. but several residents report that they are still receiving the alerts several hours later on their cellphones or televisions. Police say they have been inundated with calls to the 9-1-1 emergency line by people complaining about the alert.
On Tuesday evening, police tweeted they were aware that many across Ontario were continuing to receive Amber Alert messages on television screens and that provincial police were working to have them cancelled.
"911 is for emergencies only," Toronto police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante tweeted. "Please keep our phone lines open by not calling 911 due to the alerts you may still be receiving."