Posted by Trina Kinstler - email
PIERCE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Police in Pierce Township are investigating a series of incidents involving suspicious activity toward young children.
The first incident occurred on February 20 in the 1100 block of Hunter's Run, off of Merwin Ten Mile Road. Police say an older light gray van followed a 12-year-old girl as she walked down the street with her dog. The vehicle may have had Ohio Bicentennial license plates and had rust on the bottom. The windows were tinted and there were no side windows. There was no description of the driver.
Another incident occurred on February 23 when a child exited the school bus and observed a white van with rust. He said the presence of the van made him feel uncomfortable, so he ran home. There was no description of the driver.
The most recent incident occurred February 28 in the Hopper Hill Farm area. In this incident, a white male in a silver minivan stopped a 10-year-old girl and asked her to help him find his dog. The girl told him no and ran to a friend's house. She described the driver as a white male, 40-50 years old, bald with thick, black rimmed glasses.
"The children have reacted properly, we just want to do everything we can to ensure this person is arrested as soon as possible," said Pierce Township Police Chief James Smith. "If it is the same person, they're becoming more bold, and we want to educate the parent the children and having as many people as possible looking for this guy."
All of the incidents occurred between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
"I'm terrified because my kids are always out side playing with the neighbor kids down the street and it's frightening," said Pierce Township resident Ann Kamphaus. "If a mom is not home or a dad is not home to get their child off the bus then he's probably looking for an opportunity."
The Pierce Township police have shared this information with other law enforcement agencies asking for any further information. Patrol has often been stepped up in these areas.