Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Potential Child Abduction at the Reservoir (UPDATED)

After I posted the below email, this blog site received a comment from Raymond Duke, Chief Investigator for the Rankin County Sheriff's Department.  I deemed it important enough to include in the body of this post:

There is some truth to this, but let me give some facts to the story. The Sheriff's office was not contacted directly about this incident but we did receive a call from an officer with Flowood PD in regards to an email sent out by the Foxbay HOA. We started an investigation and have been in contact with the mother of the juvenile. The suspect did allegedly make comments to the juvenile and offer to take her to look at a "tool sale". He never exited his vehicle and she never entered it. Luckily the school bus arrived and she boarded the bus. He was distributing papers door to door throwing them out of the vehicle. The vehicle is a red or maroon 2001 Dodge Neon with Hinds county plates. His employer was contacted by the juveniles parent and he has terminated after he could not give a valid reason for stopping and engaging a juvenile in a conversation. I am still looking for the subject to conduct an interview and explain to him the error of his ways. As always, be vigilant and watch your kids. This is an isolated incident and we are aware if who he is.
Raymond Duke -Chief Investigator, Rankin County Sherrif's Department


Original Post:

See the below email sent from the Fox Bay Board of Directors about a potential child abduction last week. I'm curious as to the outcome of the Sheriff Department's investigation.  Anyone have any news?

Fellow Fox Bay Residents,

We want to make you aware of a frightening encounter that occurred on Wednesday, April 30 at around 7 a.m. While a child was waiting on the school bus in front of her Vineyard house, a man who was either delivering or pretending to deliver the Rankin Ledger newspaper drove up to her and engaged her in conversation. He attempted to lure her into his car. The bus arrived and she boarded it. The man was older, white with short, gray hair and was driving a maroon/purple car. The child’s mother has contacted the Rankin Ledger and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.

We will also distribute a flyer in the next few days to make residents aware who are not yet on the email distribution list.

Sincerely,
Fox Bay Board of Directors

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is some truth to this, but let me give some facts to the story. The Sheriff's office was not contacted directly about this incident but we did receive a call from an officer with Flowood PD in regards to an email sent out by the Foxbay HOA. We started an investigation and have been in contact with the mother of the juvenile. The suspect did allegedly make comments to the juvenile and offer to take her to look at a "tool sale". He never exited his vehicle and she never entered it. Luckily the school bus arrived and she boarded the bus. He was distributing papers door to door throwing them out of the vehicle. The vehicle is a red or maroon 2001 Dodge Neon with Hinds county plates. His employer was contacted by the juveniles parent and he has terminated after he could not give a valid reason for stopping and engaging a juvenile in a conversation. I am still looking for the subject to conduct an interview and explain to him the error of his ways. As always, be vigilant and watch your kids. This is an isolated incident and we are aware if who he is.
Raymon Duke -Chief Investigator, Rankin County Sherrif's Department

Anonymous said...

Why in the world the mom would not have called the Sheriff's Department is beyond me. That puts many children at risk, as well as her own. Please be aggressive in reporting something like this ... it could save a child's life!

Anonymous said...

A stranger approaches my child and the first thing I think to do is call my HOA? Are you sure you didn't run to post about it on Facebook first? People do the most moronic things.