Updated 12/13/19 — Falls Church police said today (Friday) they reclassiffied the incident as a “suspicious incident.”
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While this incident is suspicious in nature and police would still like to speak with the individual, officers have determined there was no criminal act and doesn’t meet the criteria for attempted abduction. However, this incident serves as an example of the importance of speaking to your children about their personal safety and what to do when approached by a stranger. Parents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to police.
Falls Church police are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect linked to an attempted abduction of a child outside Aldi.
Police said a man approached a child outside of the grocery store, told the child to leave with him and then left when the child’s mother returned.
The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 9) outside of the grocery store at 133 Hillwood Avenue.
Police said the incident was reported to them on Thursday (Dec. 12) and that the suspect is wanted for questioning.
“The suspect is described as a black male, about 6′ tall, medium build and wearing a gray hooded jacket with black sleeves, light blue jeans, and white sneakers, carrying an umbrella, and possibly wearing a baseball hat,” police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 703-248-5053.
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