On Thursday, August 29th the Windsor Heights Police Department received a report of a possible child enticement/abduction attempt that had occurred in their city involving a suspicious incident where an unidentified male attempted to make contact with a female juvenile who was walking home alone at the time. According to the report, the vehicle involved was described as an older red pickup with a loud exhaust. The suspect driver was described an older white male with white hair and a white beard. The following day the Windsor Heights Police Department proceeded to put out the media press release information noted below.
After the story aired on the local news channels a Johnston resident contacted the Johnston Police Department to report that he had purportedly observed the same/similar vehicle in the 6100 block of Nottingham Drive. The Johnston resident advised that he had observed the vehicle during the early evening hours on Wednesday, September 28th when it had slowed/stopped near his home to watch a group of children who were playing in the area. The Johnston resident advised that when he attempted to get a closer look at the vehicle it drove away and left the area.
At this time no known crime has been confirmed or committed but the Johnston Police Department cannot confirm the motive of the person involved or verify if the described incidents are related, however, the Johnston Police Department wants to make you aware of these reports and encourage you to contact the Johnston Police Department at 515-278-2345 if you observe a vehicle matching this description in your neighborhood.
Windsor Heights Press Release Information:
(Windsor Heights, IA) August 29, 2013 at approximately 8:30pm, a juvenile female was approached in the area of 68th and Reite in Windsor Heights by a stranger in a pickup.
The victim stated that the stranger drove by her twice, then stopped and told her to get in the truck. The victim ran away and called 911. The Windsor Heights Police Department had officers in the area and the victim was picked up by a police officer just two blocks from where she started running.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. The victim described the truck as an older red pickup with loud exhaust. She described the driver as an older white male with a white beard and white hair.
Police are on alert around the Des Moines area looking for this subject.
If you have any information to help identify this individual, please contact the Windsor Heights Police Department at 515-286-3632 or Polk County Crime Stoppers.
Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about safety practices. If you are out walking try to be in a group. If you see anything suspicious call 911.
More information will be released tomorrow morning as it becomes available.
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