Police suspect link in abduction attempts in Anne Arundel and Howard counties

January 25, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

CLARIFICATION

An article in The Sun in Anne Arundel County yesterday incorrectly identified the source of information about a cream-colored car involved in an attempted abduction in Ferndale. The description came from letters sent to parents of Ferndale Elementary School students.

Parents at Ferndale Elementary School in Anne Arundel County have begun walking their children to and from school and warning them to be careful of strangers after students reported two abduction attempts within four days.

Police speculate that one of the attempts may be related to two incidents in Ellicott City this month because the descriptions of the men and their car were similar.

Arundel school officials sent letters home to parents Monday informing them of a weekend attempt to abduct one of two boys at the school's playground.

Anne Arundel police said the boys, ages 5 and 9, were playing about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when a man grabbed at one of them. The boy ran, and the man fled in a cream-colored car, police said. He was described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, with dark hair and possibly a mustache.

In the first Howard County incident, witnesses said they saw two men in a light or cream-colored car. The driver was described as white, thin, in his 20s with a mustache and short brown hair. A passenger was a tall, slender, clean-shaven white male with short light-brown hair, police said.

In the second incident, descriptions of the driver and the car matched those in the first, but witnesses did not see a passenger.

Howard County police said two men drove up to a 9-year-old girl about 5:15 p.m. Jan. 12 as she was standing near a mailbox outside her home in the 3400 block of Font Hill Drive and asked her whether she wanted a ride.

Three days later, a resident of the 2900 block of Cypress Bay Court saw a man driving slowly through the neighborhood about 4:20 p.m. and watching children play.

Police said no children were hurt in either incident.

In an apparently unrelated incident, a 9-year-old Ferndale girl told Anne Arundel police she twice avoided being kidnapped as she walked home from school Tuesday afternoon.

The girl said she was walking along Broadview Boulevard near Linden Avenue about 3 p.m. when a black man about 6 feet tall and 25 years old with a full close-cut beard and tattoos on his hand and shoulder approached her and said, "Come here, little girl."

He grabbed at her once and she ran, police said. The girl told officers the man got into a small green car that had lavender curse words spray-painted on it and was driven by a white male, police said.

Moments later, the tattooed man again tried to grab the girl a block away, police said.

The girl told police the men both were wearing dark blue mechanics' coveralls and the car had stuffed animals on the deck under the rear window.

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