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“The driver of the vehicle offered the child candy, and attempted to lure the child into the vehicle.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 26, 2016 at 11:23 am 26 Comments

via MPD

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest, and a vehicle of interest in connection with an incident that occurred in the 3900 block of Argyle Terrace, Northwest.

On Monday, April 18, 2016, at approximately 7:00 pm, two subjects approached a female child in a white vehicle. The driver of the vehicle offered the child candy, and attempted to lure the child into the vehicle.

The vehicle of interest is described as being either a white sedan or a small white SUV.

One of the subjects is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 70-years-old, with grey short hair, green eyes, and a tattoo in the shape of a beetle on the back of his neck. The other subject is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 60-years-old, with white hair and a nose ring. Both individuals are described as having an accent.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • WTF is with those sketches? That’s some Lord of the Rings looking villainy right there.

    • INWDC

      lol…this dude is definitely part ork.

    • transplanted

      Little known fact: every time you try to kidnap a child your face melts a little bit.

    • Smilla

      Am I a terrible person for kind of loving those police sketches? Plus the tattoo! The tattoo! It looks more like a warped snowman than a beetle.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Yeah, that’s definitely what I thought it was at first – a melting snowman!

      • I didn’t read the description until after looking at the photos. I thought it was the artist’s way of saying “look how goofy I made these guys, I even made a goofy sidekick for them!”

      • I wonder if the description of the tattoo perhaps came from the child, and she was unable to describe it in a way that made sense.

    • Anon

      Was thinking more GoT…be on the look out for a White Walker with a black Olaf tattoo and Tyrion Lannister.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        hahahaha! oh god I shouldn’t be laughing at this but still!

  • ANC

    Oh, you know, just a dude with a ladybug tattoo and his buddy with a nosering.


    [deep breath}

  • Hunch

    The one on the left bears more than a passing resemblance to Bernard Drai (or Derai) (https://www.popville.com/2016/03/alleged-abduction-attempt-at-air-and-space-museum-dc/), who also has blue or green eyes (per previous descriptions).

    • HaileUnlikely

      I had the same thought.

    • Emmaleigh504

      That’s what I thought too.

    • textdoc

      As soon as I read this story, I was wondering if it was that guy.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Between the age, general facial features as conveyed by the sketch, and description of green eyes and an accent, I would be surprised if it was not him. (I do not have knowledge of what BD sounds like, but he was reported to be from Israel, and most but not all of the Israelis I know in the United States have a noticeable accent.)

    • mous

      Agreed. One news report mentions he had a friend with him that seems to match the description of the 2nd person above (older male, white hair). Really hope they catch these guys soon.

    • ke

      I thought the same thing, but Park Police said in late March that Drai had left the country. They are still looking for the other guy. There is a similarity…. With stranger abductions being so rare, it seems unlikely that there is a different, unrelated pair of older guys with accents trying to kidnap kids in the DC area.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      It’s gotta be that same guy. The resemblance is striking.

  • ***

    This should come with NSFW warning! Those sketches are the things of nightmares.

    • skj84


  • SW,DC

    is that one guy missing an eye? jeez…

  • Concerned Mother

    The one on the left definitely resembles the guy from the Air and Space Museum. On the picture his haired looked dyed (fake)…… I hope they catch these predators soon!!!!!

  • Anon

    It’s like a creepy cliche. Good job kid for resisting.

  • giac

    Subject 1 looks like the guy from Air & Space and general Mall sightings around this year’s cherry blossoms.

  • Infuriating. Why does MPD wait 8 days to tell the community about an incident like this?

    • An account of the incident circulated on a number of neighborhood listservs the day it happened (as well as the day after). I am not on the Crestwood one where it originated, so I am not sure whether the police officially chimed in earlier than this, but at least a portion of the community was aware at the time. It was forwarded to the Petworth Parents listserv from Crestwood the day after it happened, which is how I saw it.


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