Suspicious Man Seen Around Clermont Elementary

Man in a red pickup seen staring, waving and calling to kids.

Suspicious events have been reported over the past month in the area around , according to a release from Fairfax County Police. 

A man in a red pickup truck was seen staring, waving or calling out to elementary school students on a number of occasions.

The first incidents were reported on Dec. 19 and 20, 2011, while students were walking to school. The third incident was reported the next day, on Dec. 21, 2011, while a student was walking home after school.

Other reported incidents occurred on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, after school, and on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

No crime has occurred, and no child was touched or injured in any of the reported events.

"The officers at the Franconia Station have taken these apparently linked cases very seriously," the release reads. "Detectives and officers have been in the area in order to identify the individual and his vehicle."

The suspect is described as possibly Hispanic, anywhere from 30 to 35 years old, with short black hair and a goatee. In the December events he was wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots. He also wore a red Nationals baseball cap and several gold chains.

The pickup truck was described as red with scratches, dents and rust.

Police are asking that anyone who sees the truck not approach it, but rather write down the license plate number and call the authorities immediately.

Clermont Elementary School and will with Franconia District Station officers on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clermont cafeteria to discuss the sightings and how to help children be and feel safe around their neighborhoods.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. Police ask that you remain vigilant and call if you see any suspicious activity. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Check back later Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, for information on the community safety meeting and whether it will be open to the public.

Rachel January 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
A police officer pulled over a red pickup truck in the Winslow neighborhood yesterday. I was just wondering if that could have been the guy bothering these kids, or if he fit the physical description the kids gave. Either way, it was nice to see the officers out there protecting our children. :) A big thanks to all of you.
Michelle January 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
A similar incident also happened in the Newington Station community back on Dec. 2 in the morning. Same red pick up truck and he tried talking to several kids walking to the bus stop alone, and when he saw an adult turn the corner he pulled a u-turn in the road and sped away. We notified Fairfax County police and also school security, who came out that afternoon to the bus stop & have been wonderful to deal with.
Carol January 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Would like to know if the police have checked out the red pickup on Poplar Drive. The guy fits the physical description of the person and the vehicle.


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