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Another Report of a “man watching and approaching children in area” though Montgomery County PD Updates their Initial Assessment

by Prince Of Petworth March 23, 2016 at 11:00 am 11 Comments

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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.”

  • anonymous

    This creep “has been approaching children and asking if he can give them a ride or if he can take them to school” and the MCPD says ” there is no credible information that indicates that this incident was an attempted abduction.” So what exactly would the MCPD call what this guy has been doing?

    • dcd

      I was coming to post the same thing. That’s absurd.
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      My daughter has, for the last 3 months, insisted that she can walk to school on her own. I really wish she had waited a while to exercise her independence. Thankfully, it’s only a block, there are always a ton of people around, and she’s no docile kid, but still.

      • General Grant Circle

        (There are 2 different complaints. One is of the guy asking kids to school, the other is from a report awhile ago and is an update that it appears to be a false alarm)

  • Concerned Mother

    I wonder if this is related as well? No one is talking about this incident that happened a few weeks ago…
    http://wtop.com/dc/2016/03/police-man-tried-to-abduct-child-at-national-air-and-space-museum/slide/1/

  • ke

    This makes no sense to me either. How is this not an attempted abduction?

    Stranger abductions are incredibly rare, but it’s a good opportunity for parents to reinforce safety practices with their kids. I learned recently that the advice changed from telling a kid to yell “You’re not my Dad!” to having them yell “Stranger!” if someone is trying to take them.

    • General Grant Circle

      There are 2 different complaints. The first incident you are reading is not the same as the second. The second incident appears to have been a false alarm

    • INDC

      This doesn’t make sense to me either. Whenever I see children I go out of my way to avoid them.

  • abc

    Does he match the description of the guy who tried to kidnap a kid at the air and space museum?

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