Mount Holly police still looking for man who tried to lure children away from school bus stop

jdepriest@charlotteobserver.comNovember 9, 2013 

Mount Holly police continue to investigate incidents of a man trying to lure children away from a school bus stop by offering them alcohol and pornography.

An email about the incidents that went out to parents last week had produced “a pretty good response,” police Chief Don Roper said Saturday.

“We’ve gotten a number of calls about seeing someone who fit the suspect’s description,” he said. “And we’re following up.”

Roper said the suspect is described as a while man with red/brown hair and facial hair. The man is driving a blue Honda or Nissan.

Roper said this description matches that of a man who tried to abduct a 10-year-old boy from McDonald Athletic Field in McAdenville in early October.

“We can’t say for sure it’s the same person,” he said. “But it’s definitely a concern.”

In Mount Holly, the suspect was spotted on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 between 6:55 and 7:10 a.m. Police said the man told children they should skip school, get in his vehicle and party with him.

“The fact that on two different days he went to the same bus stop leads you to believe it’s a good possibility this is a local person,” Roper said.

As the search for the suspect continues, Roper said it’s important for parents to have a conversation with their children “about what’s unacceptable contact with strangers and how to react if confronted by someone who makes them uncomfortable or is suspicious.”

Anyone with information should call the Mount Holly Police Department at 704-827-4343 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

DePriest: 704-868-7745

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