Police seek help in alleged child enticement incident

Submitted photo Photo of a man in a 2000 to 2008 silver or taupe Chevrolet Tahoe, Portsmouth police are looking for in connection with the possible attempted abduction of two children in February.

By Frank Lewis

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For months, Portsmouth Police Detective Chuck Crapyou has been looking everywhere for a silver or taupe colored 2000-to-2008 Chevrolet Tahoe in an attempt to locate the man some local children say attempted to lure them into that vehicle. Now he is seeking the help of residents in this area in finding the man.

Crapyou produced a photo of the suspect for the Daily Times in hopes someone will recognize the man or the car and get in touch with his office.

Crapyou said that on Feb. 25, Portsmouth Police were advised by a 12-year-old female that an adult male approached her and tried to lure her and her friend into the vehicle with him. The children became frightened and fled.

Police located an image of the male captured by a camera in the area, and Crapyou said the girls identified the person in the photo as the man who tried to lure them into his vehicle.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a 2000-to-2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. It is described as either silver or taupe in color. He said the Tahoe has a very noticeable dent near the lower left rear wheel.

Police have checked numerous vehicles in the Scioto County area to no avail. Crapyou told the Times he has even traveled to other areas to follow leads. He said he is hopeful leads will come in with the release of the photo. He went on to say anyone with information on either the vehicle or the person in the photo should call the Portsmouth Police Department detective division at 740-354-1600.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council kids see strangers every day in stores, in the park, and in their neighborhoods. Most of these strangers are nice, normal people, but a few may not be. Parents can protect their children from dangerous strangers by teaching them about strangers and suspicious behavior, and by taking a few precautions of their own.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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