DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious incident where a man driving a car tried to pick up a 12-year-old boy walking in the Ford community. The boy was walking from one family member's house to another along Colemans Lake Road. The man approached the boy in a older model flat back around 4:30 p.m. , according to investigators.
The driver pulled up next to the boy and attempted to talk him into getting into the vehicle by telling him he wanted to take him to a family members house, a sheriff's office spokesperson said. The seventh grader said he was scared when the stranger approached him.
The child told CBS 6, the stranger said, "Your mom told me to pick you up."
The boy became suspicious and ran to his family members home. No force was used in this incident.
The victim's uncle told CBS 6, he was glad his nephew was safe and nothing bad happened. He said he was surprised something like this happened in that area.
Last week a similar incident happened in Dinwiddie County. Investigators are still looking for a man who attempted to abduct a 15-year-old Dinwiddie girl outside of her home on November 10. That incident took place on Flatfoot Road, about 17 miles from Wednesday's incident.
"The male tried to have the female get into his vehicle, claiming that he was going to take her to her mother," a Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s spokesman said. "The victim declined the request and attempted to walk away. The male suspect then grabbed the young victim and attempted to pull her into the vehicle. The victim broke free and ran to her residence where she called law enforcement."
Investigators described the suspect as a black male wearing a hoodie. They said he was driving a flat, black in color, older model box shaped sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Caprice.
Investigators said they cannot rule out that these incidents are not related.
The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office advised parents to talk to their children and warn them of these types of situations. They said children should always go find a adult they know if they are approached by a stranger. Anyone with information about this incident or vehicle was asked to call Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s office at 804-469-4550 or Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.