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Man tries to lure girl into car

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A man reportedly tried to lure an 8-year-old female into his vehicle in Mt. Juliet on Sunday afternoon.

Mt. Juliet Police officers were summoned to the 200 block of Ridgeview Preserve Drive about 3 p.m., regarding a report of a suspicious person.Upon arrival, officers spoke with a mother who said a white male made unusual conversation with her daughter when she was playing outside.

The man spoke to the 8-year-old female and made a request for her to get in his car. The mother, who witnessed the car near her daughter, yelled for her daughter to get away from him. As the suspicious person was leaving the neighborhood, he yelled to the mother that her daughter did the “right thing.”

“At this time, we have no idea what the suspicious person’s intentions were,” Capt. Michael Mullins said. “It is certainly unusual for the suspicious person to allegedly act the way he did, and we want to ensure parents in our community are aware of his description.”

The suspicious person was described as a middle-aged white male with gray hair. He was driving a gray newer-model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala. The car had extra antennas mounted on the exterior and a dog kennel in the back seat area. In addition, the person had a dog with him.

“Parents should always be aware of where their children are and teach them what to do around strangers,” said Sgt. Tyler Chandler. “The mother in this incident was nearby and supervising her daughter. She noticed something did not seem right and immediately called the child to her.”

For information on child safety and prevention, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at http://www.missingkids.com/safety .

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 754-TIPS (8477) or via the MJPD website at http://www.mjpd.org/.

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