Houlton police release composite sketch of suspect in encounter with youth

Posted Oct. 15, 2010, at 3:52 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Houlton police have released a composite sketch of a man who approached a 12-year-old boy at an after-school facility on Wednesday and allegedly tried to lure him into his vehicle.

Police Chief Butch Asselin said Friday that police are continuing to pursue leads in the case.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday inside the Gentle Memorial Building, which is a popular after-school hangout for local youth. The facility offers after-school programs and features a basketball court, game room and other activities.

The incident was witnessed by others in the facility.

Asselin said that information for the composite was obtained from a 17-year-old witness, not the victim. Houlton police took the witness to Waterville to meet with detective Dan Reed of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office to produce the composite sketch.

According to Asselin, employees called police after the man, described as a 5-foot-10-inch white male who was heavyset and balding, approached the boy and told him that his father had sent him to pick him up. The man was wearing an S.W. Collins Co. baseball cap, a gray sweatshirt, work boots and a black jacket.

The juvenile didn’t know the man, so he walked away.

The man then left without further incident.

Just the day before, Asselin said, the department received a complaint of a suspicious red Dodge Caravan at Community Park. The operator of the vehicle appeared to be watching the children. Police have the registration number of the vehicle and have identified the owner. At this time, it is unknown whether the two incidents are related, but police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone who was at or near the Gentle Memorial Building between 3 and 4 p.m. is encouraged to contact the Police Department at 532-2287 with any information.