VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are alerting the public about two men who were seen attempting to get the attention of three young children in a Virginia Beach neighborhood.
Police were called out to the 3700 block of Castlewood Drive, in the Glenwood subdivision, around 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to officers, a Nissan SUV drove up to three kids, under the age of 10.
Police said the two men left after they were confronted by a parent.
An 8-year-old boy said he was on his street Tuesday afternoon when a man he recognized in that vehicle gave him a bad feeling.
His mother, who asked us not to share their names, said she was also out on the street, with her daughter, another neighbor and that woman’s two girls. She said the men started talking to the girls.
“The mom had stood up and was like, ‘Can we help you?,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, I just want to tell you how pretty your girls are,’ and he still continued to say, ‘Hey, come here, come here’ to the girls, but that’s when I automatically dialed 911, took a picture of the car,” the boy’s mother said.
At that point, she said one of the men got out of the vehicle and headed for her son.
“There was this guy coming right towards me with a hard stare and a mad look on his face and he was heading straight towards me and then I started running because I was scared that he was going to grab me,” the boy said.
Police said the men are Hispanic, 20-30 years old. The driver was described as heavier set, wearing a red shirt and the passenger was described as wearing a grey vest and jean shorts, with a red bandanna on his head.
“You always say, ‘Oh, that would never happen in my neighborhood’ or whatever, and now it does happen so yeah, it’s scary,” neighbor Delaine Gutierrez said.
Neighbor and Virginia Beach school bus driver Suzanne Lombardi said she plans to warn the parents of her students.
“Tell the parents, make sure you’re there, even if an older sister, mom, dad, neighbor, somebody, at every stop and watch out for this car,” she said.
“I can’t even explain the feeling I had, but it’s definitely terrifying. I just pray that nothing like this will ever happen again,” the boy’s mother said.
She said one of the men asked why she was taking a picture of the vehicle. Police said the vehicle has damage to the front bumper and has a yellow tree air freshener. Neighbors described it as a light gold or tan Nissan Pathfinder.
The license plate is unreadable in the photo, but police said this vehicle has been seen in the area before. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.