SUBJECT: Suspicious Man Reported in West Side Subdivision
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-035
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious person report at a residence on Cherry Hill Drive in the Willow Acres Subdivision located on the county’s west side.
A concerned parent reported that at approximately 4:00pm today their 15-year-old daughter was approached by a man as she walked to the mailbox in front of their home. The 15-year-old reported that the man drove up in a vehicle and asked her to come closer so that he could show her a picture of a “missing cat”. The 15-year-old became suspicious and ran back to her house while the vehicle reportedly sped away. The 15-year-old was unable to provide a description of the man or the vehicle.
Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “We don’t know what this man’s intentions were. There is the possibility that his actions were wholly innocent, but this young lady was wise not to give him the benefit of the doubt.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Parents are reminded to caution their children never to enter the vehicle of someone they do not have permission to be with. A cute pet or a clever story can be used as a lure for an unsuspecting child.”
The Sheriff’s Office has not received any other recent reports of a suspicious subject approaching a child. Parents should call 911 to report any suspicious activity and obtain a description of the suspect and vehicle when possible.