WDBJ7 Web Staff
4:39 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
The Roanoke Police Department has determined that a man who asked a 13-year-old girl for help fixing his truck did not have any bad intentions.
The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police determined that the man actually was having car trouble.
The Roanoke Police Department says the girl did the right thing by not getting in the man's truck and by calling police.
The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident where a man asked a 13-year-old girl to get in his truck.
It happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Tillett Road and Guilford Avenue.
As the girl was walking to the bus stop a man apparently asked her “Can you do me a favor?” The girl did not respond and kept on walking. That’s when the man asked “Can you get in the truck and help me start it?”
The girl told police she ran home and called 911.
The man is described as being in his late 40s to early 50s, 6 feet tall, and weighing about 250 pounds. He was also wearing what appeared to be prescription glasses.
Here is the news release from the Roanoke Police Department:
The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a report of a suspicious person. The adult male has not been located. His age is described as being late 40’s to early 50’s. He is described as being approximately five feet six inches in height and approximately 250 pounds. He was wearing a baggy white t-shirt and light blue jeans. He also wore what appeared to be prescription glasses. The vehicle the male was traveling in is described as an older model pick-up truck with a lattice style rack or decal in the back window. The vehicle may have also had a design on the passenger side door. This incident was reported as suspicious activity, and based on the initial investigation it does not meet the criteria of an abduction or attempted abduction. A Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was placed yesterday morning (September 11, 2012) in reference to the vehicle description and description of the adult male. An officer was also placed at the bus stop at the intersection of Tillett Road and Guilford Avenue this morning (September 12, 2012). The Roanoke Police Department is attempting to locate the vehicle and the adult male described above to speak to him in regard to this investigation. Anyone with information regarding this or other investigations should call the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500. Crime Line may offer a monetary reward for any information leading to an arrest in a crime.
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