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November 18, 2009 > Officers investigate suspicious person annoying a child

Officers investigate suspicious person annoying a child

Submitted By Newark Police Department

On Tuesday, November 3 at approximately 4:20 p.m., a suspicious adult male subject was reported in the area of Parkshore Drive and Edgewater Drive making contact with an 11 year-old boy. He was described as an older Hispanic male who is approximately five feet eleven inches tall and has a "big stomach." He was wearing a plain black sweatshirt, blue denim pants with holes in the knee area and a blue wrist-band on his left wrist. The man was reportedly driving an older van, green in color, with tinted windows. The license plate on the van may partly display the letters "NVE". He drove near the boy who was walking on the sidewalk and asked him if he needed a ride. The boy refused and the man exited the van and opened the passenger door. The boy ran away after the man approached and asked him to "get in." Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the man or the vehicle.

Notification was made to school officials and an information bulletin was circulated to warn of the suspicious man. The Newark Police Department urges parents to remind children not to speak with strangers and to notify an adult of any suspicious experiences. Any person with information concerning this incident should contact the Newark Police Department at (510) 578-4237. Information can be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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