Police: ‘Possible luring’ incident involving child in Hopewell

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Hopewell Police are investigating a suspicious incident involving a possible luring of a child after two adults approached the child in front of his home on April 21. 

At approximately 6:32 p.m., police were informed about suspicious behavior involving an unknown car in front of a home in the 300 block of S. 13th street. 

A preliminary investigation by Hopewell Police revealed that a 5-year-old boy was playing alongside his sibling on the side of their residence when a vehicle approached them. 

The car, driven by a white male and with a white female front passenger, stopped in the street and engaged the child in a conversation. 

The grandparent’s of the child came into sight and the suspects drove off abruptly. 

Suspect one is described as a female with a medium to heavy build, with blonde hair that had brown in color streaks. She was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt and white pants. 

Suspect two is described as a white male between the ages of 30 and 40, with an unkempt goatee beard and mustache. He was seen wearing a dark-colored t-shirt. He did not speak during the incident.  

The vehicle is described as a newer van or sports utility vehicle model, white in color and with dark window tinting.  

Out of an abundance of caution, the police department has increased its patrol presence in the area surrounding the incident and is further recommending that parents be extra vigilant in both maintaining visual contact with their children when they are at play, as well as, openly talking to them about the dangers of being approached by and talking to strangers.

The Hopewell Police Department is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed the incident, were traveling in and around the area at the time or have any information to provide, to contact lead Detective Cameron List at (804) 541-2284. You can also contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at 541-2202 or submit an anonymous tip using the P3tips app.

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