Police investigate reports of strangers approaching children

January 17, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police are investigating more complaints of strangers approaching or watching children in Ellicott City in the last week, a month after three similar incidents were reported.

Friday, police said a 9-year-old girl was getting mail from her mailbox in the 3400 block of Font Hill Drive when a vehicle stopped and a man opened a passenger door and asked her if she wanted a ride. The girl ran back inside her home and told her parents, police said.

The suspects were described as two white males in a cream-colored vehicle with Chesapeake Bay license plates.

Monday, a resident told police a white male driving a light-colored car drove slowly down a cul-de-sac in the 2900 block of Cypress Bay Court and watched children playing in a backyard.

Police said no one was touched or chased in either incident.

"No crime has been committed," said Sgt. Steven Keller, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue. "But our job is public safety and we want parents to make their kids aware of what to do if ever approached by strangers."

Sergeant Keller said police have told county school officials of the reports.

The incidents don't appear to be related to three other incidents reported Dec. 8, 11 and 14 in Ellicott City and West Friendship. Police were told a dark-skinned male with a mustache approached children ages 7 to 10, attempting to lure them with candy.

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