Child abduction attempt reported in Gloucester

- Posted on Feb 23, 2011 - 04:58 PM

Parents of Gloucester Public Schools students were notified Friday about a possible child abduction attempt that was reported in the Founders Mill subdivision.

Gloucester Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Darrell Warren said an 11-year-old girl was walking from her bus stop at about 4 p.m. last Thursday when the incident occurred. He said she was at the corner of Founders Mill Way and Founders Mill Way East when a white, older model four-door sedan with a man at the wheel approached.

Warren said the white male driver offered the child a ride home, which she turned down. He then said "Get in the car now" twice. The girl ran to a friend’s residence and the sheriff’s office was called. Warren said officers responded to the area but could not locate the white sedan.

The suspect was described as in his mid 50s or early 60s. He was wearing a plaid shirt, a blue ball cap and glasses with large frames. Warren said the GSO has stepped up patrols in the Founders Mill neighborhood since the incident.

The county school division was notified of the incident and used its auto-call system to alert parents at the request of the GSO, Warren said. He said the school division transportation department was also asked to make its bus drivers aware of the occurrence.