Saturday morning, Aug. 15, police investigated a report of a possible abduction attempt.
A 7-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man as she rode her bicycle at a local apartment complex.The incident was near the 700 building at Willow Creek Apartments off of Charlie Daniels Parkway. The mother of a 7-year-old girl reported to police that her daughter was asked by a man to get into his vehicle. The incident occurred 15 minutes prior to the mother calling police, who were contacted after the mother attempted to locate the unknown male in the area.
The 7-year-old reported to her mother that she was outside riding her bicycle, near the apartment complex playground, when a man approached her and asked her to get into his vehicle. The 7-year-old stated that she began to walk away, and the unknown man started to follow her. So, she yelled and ran away from the man. The man left the area, and the 7-year-old ran to her mother who was inside their apartment.
The suspect could only be described to police as a middle-aged adult male that was dark-skinned with grey and black hair. He was driving a maroon SUV with other children inside of it.
When this incident was reported, multiple officers flooded the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. Officers also spoke to multiple people inside the apartment complex, but no one could provide any information to help further the investigation. The suspect was not located.
“The Mt. Juliet Police Department places the safety of our community’s children at the highest priority, and alongside our efforts to make the public aware of this suspicious incident, officers will continue to be on the lookout for the suspect,” stated Lieutenant Tyler Chandler. “At this time, there is no way to know what the man’s intentions were. If this man had no ill intentions, our hope is that he would contact us so we can put the community at ease.”
Parents are encouraged to have a conversation with their children to remind them about the dangers that strangers can pose to them.
If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .