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A reader passes on from a neighborhood/school listserv:
“There is a man who is described as having dark skin, in his 50-60s, with an accent, wearing jeans, black baseball hat, jacket with black sleeves and driving blue/green Mazda 5 who has been approaching children and asking if he can give them a ride or if he can take them to school.
Our kids go to inspired teaching and he has approached children there during recess and after school, and was filming them from his car yesterday. When staff approach him, he flees. Police have been notified.
A man fitting the same description has also been reported approaching children in the yards of their homes and at bus stops near Beauvoir, Eaton, and CCBC preschool in Upper NW.
Please monitor children closely and report any similar issues to MPD.”
Ed. Note: The Montgomery County Police Department, which was the first to alert, have updated their initial report:
“The Montgomery County Police Department-Special Victims Investigations Division has been investigating allegations regarding an attempted abduction that occurred on Friday, March 11 in Chevy Chase and was reported by two children, ages four-and-a-half and seven. Based on the investigation thus far, there is no credible information that indicates that this incident was an attempted abduction.
Detectives have reinterviewed the children, who are the only known witnesses. At this time, many details remain unconfirmed.
Investigators continue to collect information and continue to follow possible leads.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5400.
The Department thanks the community for their ongoing assistance with this investigation and encourages residents to call police when suspicious behavior is observed.”