Pierce Township Police ask for help in identifying child enticement suspect

March 5th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: News

The Pierce Township Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect in several recent child enticement reports. The suspect is described as a white male, 40-50 years of age, bald, wearing thick, black rimmed glasses.

In recent weeks there have been three reports of suspicious activity. On Feb. 20, in the 1100 block of Hunter’s Run, a 12-year-old girl reported an older light grey van following her as she walked down the street with her dog. The vehicle may have had Ohio Bicentennial license plates and had rust on the bottom of the van. The windows were tinted and there were no side windows.

The second incident occurred on Feb. 23, again on Hunter’s Run. A child getting off a school bus observed a white van with rust and the presence of the van made him feel uncomfortable; he immediately ran home.

Police sketch of suspect in several recent child enticement reports.
The third incident occurred on Feb. 28, in the Hopper Hill Farm area. In this incident, a man in a silver minivan stopped a 10 -year- old girl and asked her to help him find his dog; the girl told him no and ran to a friend's home.

Pierce Township Detective Michael Buckler says his office has received numerous tips concerning the case.

"I encourage anyone with information about the suspect or the van to call our office at (513) 752-4100 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040. I'd also like to encourage parents to talk to their children about stranger dangers; make sure they understand never to approach someone in a car and to trust their instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, or observe a suspicious car, report it immediately."
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