Hendersonville police are searching for man they say tried to entice a young boy into his vehicle by offering lollipops Monday, Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn said Wednesday.
The male suspect, a black male possibly in his 40s, was driving a white sedan and wearing a white shirt in the Mansker’s Farms neighborhood. Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, the man approached a 10-year-old boy on Villa Way, investigators said. The man asked the boy if he likes lollipops and referenced having some in his vehicle. The boy ran home and told his parents, who called police, HPD officials said.
“It’s definitely an active and ongoing investigation,” said Vaughn, who is investigating the incident. “We encourage anyone who saw anything suspicious to give us a phone call.(The parents) don’t perceive any discrepancies in their child’s story.”
Information previously released by HPD indicated the complaint may not have been credible and has since circulated on social media sites, including Facebook.
“We take these matters very seriously,” Vaughn said. “When we receive reports like this, we investigate thoroughly to ensure the safety of the children in our neighborhoods. Hopefully nothing will reoccur.”
No similar incidents have been reported recently, Vaughn said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Hendersonville Police Department at 615-822-1111 and speak with Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn or Detective Jim Bachman.
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