Toronto police have issued a public safety alert following the abduction attempt of a four-year-old child.

Investigators say a man approached the boy on the sidewalk of a day care centre in the Broadway Avenue and Dundas Street East area at about 8:30 a.m.

The suspect grabbed the boy's arm and asked his name. The man then told the boy to go with him.

A day care employee saw the incident and intervened, police said.

The suspect then fled on foot.

He is described as:

  • Brown;
  • About 40 years old;
  • Between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-1;
  • Dark-coloured hair; and
  • A scruffy appearance.

The man was wearing a dark, denim jacket and a khaki, army-style hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5504, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at