CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Parents in Chesapeake are on high alert after two reports of a man trying to lure children into his car.
Both incidents happened as Crestwood Intermediate School students walked home from the bus stop near Nottaway Drive in the Knells Ridge area.
The mother of one of the children didn’t want to be identified, but shared details of the scary encounter with 10 On Your Side. Her daughter is in third grade.
“She got off at her stop and proceeded to walk home and the car slow crawled behind her all the way.”
She said the man told her daughter to get in the car; he wanted to take her to his house.
“She ignored him and came straight home and came inside and told me. I came outside to look and he was gone,” the mom said.
The woman immediately called police and filed a report. Then she contacted the school, Crestwood Intermediate, and the principal promptly sent out a letter to notify parents about the incident.
That’s when a second child came forward with a similar story in the same area.
“Sickening, you know it’s the world we live in unfortunately and you know it’s not even a safe place for kids to even walk the two-minute walk from the bus stop home. “
Police are asking parents to talk to their children about the dangers of strangers. They’re also asking kids to pay attention if this happens again.
“If they can just try to remember the best description they have, even a tag number if that’s possible,” explained Leo Kosinski with the Chesapeake Police Department. “I know a lot of kids these days have little electronic devices with them, they all have cameras. If they’re able to, take a picture of the car, the person, the license plate, something that we can go on. “
The third-grader was able to give police a vivid description of the suspect. Police say they’re looking for a white male, with red hair, a beard, a nose ring and neck tattoos. He drives a white car.
Police are also asking people in the area to check their security cameras, if they have them, and to report anything suspicious.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chesapeake Police at 757-382-6161.