Authorities searching for man who approached young children

Authorities searching for man who approached young children

By Derrick Perkins (File photo)

Police urged local parents to keep vigilant after receiving reports of an elderly man approaching young children in recent weeks.

Detectives are looking into two incidents that occurred within the span of several days, both involving a white man, between 60 and 70 years old, with white hair. He was first spotted approaching a child January 31. That incident, on the 400 block of Crown View Lane, involved a boy walking his dog, officials said.

In the second incident February 7, the man approached a pair of boys heading home from George Mason Elementary School. Though he broke no laws — he spoke with the unaccompanied children but didn’t try to lure them away — police want to talk to him, authorities said.

Officials believe he’s driving an older model green Subaru wagon. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department’s criminal investigation section at 703-746-6673.

Education officials said they have alerted the district’s principals and staff of the incidents, a move intended to increase awareness and safety in Alexandria’s schoolhouses.

Authorities commended the children involved in the incidents for their actions. In both cases, the boys promptly told their parents of the strange encounters, officials said. And police asked parents to remind their children to never walk away with a stranger or get in their car.