(Bel Air, MD – February 23, 2009) – Harford County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a suspicious incident which occurred in the 500 block of East Broadway, Bel Air, MD.
On Friday February 20, 2009 at approximately 3:00 p.m. an 8 year old boy was walking home from the bus stop when he was approached by a man in a red pick-up truck.
The driver of the truck stopped, opened the driver’s side door, and asked the boy to help find his lost cat. Without further conversation, the boy ran home and reported the incident to hismother who then called the police.
The driver is described as a black male, thirty to forty years old, black hair, wearing a blue shirt and blue sweatpants. The truck was last seen traveling on East Broadway towards Hickory Avenue. Deputies canvassed the area; however, they were unable to locate the vehicle or driver.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage citizens to report suspicious activity and maintain adult supervision of children. Anyone with information regarding the suspiciousperson or the incident described is asked to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Northern Precinct at 410-692-7880.
Hiram Lodgepole says
my dog wandered off one day a couple years ago…and i went looking for him, all over the surrounding neighborhoods…usually a dog will go to children, and some boys and girls were out and about…i stopped and asked them if they’d seen a little white and brown dog…none of them had…later on another street, a little girl came running over to my car and said she’d seen a little dog and if it was mine…surely, i got out of the car and went with her, to a neighbor’s yard and there was my pup…he was lost, glad to see me and i was grateful for the help…help that a lot of kids were able to provide…
it’s a sad commentary that folks cannot behave like the folks they can be…and hopefully this man mentioned in the article was not bad, maybe misguided or confused…hopefully he wasn’t a bad man…
vietnam vet says
For the man in Question, he is apparently’ behind the time’s. this day & time you do not stop as a stranger, to ask a strange child anything. the area has exploded in growth. and brought the crime with it.
Asking a group from the closed vehicle if they have seen a strange cat or dog is a little different than asking a kid to HELP you with finding it.
Go Dagger !
vietnam vet says
it’s all in the wording.
a parent says
Heard about this in the am paper (about 6:30am), and then via the Dagger at about 7am this morning.
On the other hand HCPS once again is right on top of things…received a school e-newsletter email at 8:30 am this morning. For pete’s sake why not wait until the paper and other sources report it…why bother with this if it can’t be more timely??
I understand the situation may have been under investigation, but if I had a young child living in this area I would be upset. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and hope the specific school area received an alert now phone call.
Kuddos to PMMHS Principal Wayne Thibeault for informing students. The incident didn’t occur in our feeder system (and we did not get an Alert Now call) but it happened close enough nearby to justify being better safe than sorry.