Hopewell Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pi­cious in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a child,

Par­ents ad­vised to talk to chil­dren about dan­gers of talk­ing to strangers

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HOPEWELL — The Hopewell Po­lice Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a man and woman at­tempt­ing to lure a child into a ve­hi­cle on Tues­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 8 a.m. in the 2900 block of Maple Street.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ini­ti­ated im­me­di­ately af­ter it was re­ported to po­lice later in the evening.

Po­lice say a 12 year-old boy was wait­ing for the school bus when he was ap­proached by a ve­hi­cle driven by a white fe­male and was oc­cu­pied by a white male front pas­sen­ger seat.

The white male pas­sen­ger asked the boy if he had

seen his lost cat. The male pas­sen­ger then asked the ju­ve­nile vic­tim to get into the ve­hi­cle to help him find the lost cat. The boy re­fused and walked away.

At that time the ve­hi­cle and the sus­pects left the area and were last seen trav­el­ing west­bound on Maple Street.

The male sus­pect is de­scribed as white, 30 to 40 years-old, with medi­um­length wavy brown hair, a mus­tache and beard. He was last seen wear­ing a white in color t-shirt.

The fe­male sus­pect is de­scribed as white, 20 to 30 years-old, with shoul­der length hair in a pony­tail. She was last seen wear­ing a white in color shirt.

The ve­hi­cle is de­scribed as be­ing white in color, 4-door, with win­dow tint­ing and a rounded body style. It was also de­scribed as be­ing dirty and hav­ing mul­ti­ple dents to the pas­sen­ger-side door pan­els.

The po­lice depart­ment has in­creased its pa­trol pres­ence in the area sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent and is rec­om­mend­ing that par­ents be vig­i­lant in talk­ing to their chil­dren about the dan­gers of be­ing ap­proached by and talk­ing to strangers.

The Hopewell Po­lice Depart­ment’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter and is re­quest­ing that any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, were trav­el­ing in and around the area at the time of this in­ci­dent or have any in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide to con­tact lead De­tec­tive Mark Polumbo of the Hopewell Po­lice Depart­ment at 804-541-2284.

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