Ohio AG Warns Parents Of Man Seen Trying To Approach Young Children In Ohio, Other States


UPDATED: Thursday February 21, 2013 4:46 PM

Ohio's Attorney General issued a warning on Thursday about a man seen approaching children in Ohio, W. Va., and Michigan.

According to AG Mike DeWine's Office, a man has been spotted trying to approach children in Ohio last week and in previous months.

In each case, the man approached girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 15 while driving a white, windowless panel van, which could be a commercial vehicle.

The man, described as white, in his mid to late 40s or early 50s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair and a possible mustache, approached children while they were walking home after school.

The driver has encouraged children to get inside of the van with him. No children have gotten into the van.

Just last month, a 13-year-old Westerville girl told police that she spotted a windowless, white van parked at the corner of Timberbank Lane and Gentlewind Dr.

She said the van turned its lights on and began to follow her, so she ran to a neighbor’s home to get away.

“No one actually made contact with her, but there was a white panel van that drove by her several times,” said Paul Scowden, Westerville Police.

The AG's office encouraged parents who have seen a man in this van approach children during after-school hours to call their local police department or the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO.

Parents were advised to walk children to and from school or to arrange them to walk with friends, to know their children's routes to and from school and to identify safe places for their children to go if an indent occurs along their walking routes.

Parents also were advised to tell children to run away immediately if approached by a stranger and to make a commotion.

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