Man accused of trying to abduct a 4-year-old

Photo credit: Suffolk Police Department

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police are investigating what they call an attempted child abduction. It happened Friday morning, as a young child was waiting in downtown Suffolk for a school bus.

A bus driver for Elephants Fork Elementary School (EFES) called 911 around 8:30 a.m. after a student reported the incident. Officers responded to the area and spoke to the child and witnesses, who said an unknown black man put his hands on the 4-year-old near North Broad Street and Third Avenue.

The suspect released the boy unharmed and ran away, according to police. He is described as being about 6 feet tall, thin to medium build and wearing a black jacket.

Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said EFES sent a letter home to parents and guardians about the incident Friday. The principal also sent a “phone blast” via School Messenger and held a staff meeting at the end of the school day.

Document: EFES letter sent home with students

Officers said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this crime should call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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