According to Sgt. Costello, a report was recently made by a local mother after her 8-year-old daughter was approached and coerced into jumping in a car with a white male suspect.
The 8-year-old girl was walking her dog down Poppy Avenue alone, said Sgt. Costello, when a man driving a maroon four-door Sedan pulled ahead down the side of the street.
The girl was aware of the man, and noted that he must have been between 5’11 to 6 feet tall, had dark hair and blue eyes. He is expected to be in his forties, according to the girl’s description.
The suspect stepped out of the car and waited for the girl to approach before he started asking the girl personal questions about herself, including where she lived. He then asked her if she needed a ride and persuaded her to get into his car. The 8-year-old did not tell the suspect any of the information he asked for or stepped into the man’s car. Instead, she ran away, said Costello.
As a result, the mother as well as Patterson Police Services are encouraging everyone to remain vigilant of their child’s whereabouts and wellbeing. Residents are also encouraged to keep an eye out for the possible suspect and his maroon Sedan car.
Sgt. Costello also provided a vital source of information that every parent should discuss with their child concerning strangers. The information can be attained by visiting the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers.
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