Friday, April 12, 2013

Suspicious Man Approaching Children Sheriff Warns

Man Tells Child To Come With Him In Blue Van, Child Unharmed

OKEECHOBEE, FL. -- The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a man acting suspiciously towards children in Okeechobee County.

On April 11, 2013 at approximately 11:53 a.m., a suspect in a blue van approached a child on a bicycle and told the child to come with him; the child was able to ride his bicycle away. The child was unharmed, says the Sheriff's office.

On this same date, a suspect in a blue van followed a child from the bus stop and pulled into a driveway. The child was able to run to a neighbor’s house. The adult approached the driver of the van who stated he was selling women’s clothing, purses and perfume. However when the adult asked the suspect to see the merchandise he stated he did not have them with him.

The suspect has been described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5’9”; thin build, full beard, no mustache, blue eyes, black hair, and crew cut. He was last seen wearing a pink, blue and green striped shirt and tan pants. He spoke broken Spanish with a Middle Eastern accent. The van was described as a blue, older model, unknown make. The vehicle has a taxi sign in the driver’s windshield.

Okeechobee County Undersheriff Stephen stated, “Our children are our number one asset. Their safety is very important to all of us. Please be aware of where your children are and what is going on around you. If you see this man, vehicle or anything suspicious then call us immediately.”

Anyone with information leading to the identity of the suspect in these incidents is asked to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s office at (863)763-3117. Anyone who encounters this person is asked to call 911 and not to engage him.

Update: April 16 - The van appears to be a blue Toyota Sienna Van between 2001-2003. The clear coat on the passenger’s side roof is fading/gone. The blinker is missing from the passenger’s side front. If you know the driver of this van or the whereabouts of the van, contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office

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