Middletown police investigate possible attempt to lure girls into van

Two girls, ages 7 and 10, told police they were playing near the driveway at 1529 Jackson Lane about 9:30 p.m. when an older gray/teal colored van stopped along the roadway.

A man in the van started waving at the girls, possibly trying to get them to come to the vehicle, according to police. The driver was described by the girls as a younger, white man with brown/gray hair that had spikes in it. There was also a male passenger in the van.

Both girls stared screaming and ran back to their homes, according to the police report.

Officers canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the van in the general vicinity of Jackson Lane. The girls told police they believed the van left southbound towards Burbank.

Police told the girls they did the right thing by running away and asked their families to contact them if the see the van in the area again or remember more details.

“It’s a shame children can’t go out and play without having parents and grandparents having to worry about this,” Beverly Barnett, the grandmother of one of the girls, told our news partner WCPO 9 On Your Side.

Middletown Maj. Mark Hoffman said the report has being forwarded to detectives and they are investigating the incident.

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