(Euclid) - The Euclid Police Department is investigating three incidents of criminal child enticement that occurred between September 3 and September 26.
Police say the children involved are both males and females and range from grade-school to middle-school ages. All three incidents occurred in the city’s northwest quadrant in the East 200th/East 222nd corridor.
A similar suspect description was given in all three instances. The suspect is described as being a white male (possibly in his 40’s to 50’s) with light colored, un-kept hair. In one instance, he was described as having a light colored “scruffy” beard and wearing a green baseball cap.
In one instance, the white male was reportedly accompanied by two African-American males who were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled over their heads. No further information is available on these two males.
The vehicle involved is described as a “older” white van with silver or gray bumpers. It is believed to be a work/panel type van with either no windows in the rear cargo area or white-painted windows in the rear cargo area. In one instance, the van was described as having blue writing and a picture of a sun on the side or sides of the cargo area. It was also described as having two ladders on a roof-rack.
As the children walked and/or rode their bicycles on the sidewalk, the van pulled up to them and the white male suspect asked them if they, “...want a ride” or simply told them to, “...get in the van.” In every instance the children refused and ran/rode off without the suspect further pursuing them. None of the children were harmed.
The Euclid Police Department is encouraging parents and guardians to reinforce safety practices with their children. Children should avoid walking or riding their bicycles by themselves and to avoid strangers or occupants of vehicles who try to engage the children in conversation.
This type of activity should immediately be reported to the police. The Euclid Police Department is asking for the public’s cooperation in this investigation.
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