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LCSD deputies seek to identify suspect
Friday, March 1, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies are seeking to identify and locate a man who asked a 14-year-old girl to get into his motor vehicle at about 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27 while the man’s car was parked near a location on Edmund Highway in the Lexington community that is used as a bus stop for public school buses. The girl had just exited a public school bus when the man asked the girl if she needed a ride.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the 14-year-old girl told school resource officers with the Sheriff’s Department and Cayce Department of Public Safety on Thursday, February 28 that the man was a heavy-set, older man, who was white. The girl told officers that the man had shoulder-length hair, with a mullet cut, and a long, gray beard. The girl told officers that the man was wearing eyeglasses and a white shirt that had a collar. The girl told officers that the man spoke in a deep voice.

The 14-year-old girl told officers that the man was driving a red, older model four-door motor vehicle that had a long and round-shape front end, Metts said. The headlight on the front passenger’s side of the vehicle was broken. A thin piece of black tape was placed across the middle of the vehicle’s rear windshield.

Sheriff’s deputies conducted directed patrols on Thursday in the Lexington community in order to try to identify and locate the man, Metts said.

The 14-year-old girl told officers that after she exited the school bus on Wednesday afternoon she saw the man sitting in the driver’s seat of the red vehicle that was parked on the side of the road near the school bus stop, Metts said. The girl told deputies that the man rolled down his window and asked the girl if she needed a ride. The girl told officers that she bent down in order to see who the man was, but she did not recognize the man.

The 14-year-old girl told officers that she told the man that she did not need a ride, Metts said. The girl told officers that the man then exited his vehicle.

The 14-year-old girl told officers that she thought that the man was going to try to take her into his vehicle, Metts said. The girl told officers that she then ran towards her home. The girl told officers that she heard the man close the door on his vehicle and then saw the man drive his vehicle towards her.

The 14-year-old girl told officers that she made it safely to her home and reported the incident to her mother, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about the incident or the man to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can report information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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