Investigation into attempted kidnapping at Hermon school bus stop continues

Posted May 27, 2011, at 11:18 a.m.
Last modified May 28, 2011, at 1:18 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Police said Saturday the investigation into a possible kidnapping attempt in Hermon is still under way.

On Thursday morning, a man stopped his car near a 9-year-old girl who was waiting for her school bus on Cold Brook Road and tried to coax her into the vehicle, police said, but the girl ran home and told her mother.

“Mom came out running,” Sgt. Michael Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Friday. “The person did a U-turn and [headed] back down Cold Brook Road.”

Police are seeking information on a white older-model car, possibly a Buick, with a red horizontal stripe between the taillights, the sergeant said.

The incident was reported to police just after 8 a.m. Thursday, according to police. A white male, described as in his 30s or 40s with a muscular build and short, buzz-cut-style dark brown hair, stopped in front of the home on Cold Brook Road.

“He opened his passenger side door and waved to a 9-year-old girl” to get inside, Burgess said.

Thinking quickly, she did just the opposite and ran to her home to alert her mom.

News of the attempted kidnapping spread like wildfire on Facebook, and Burgess fielded several calls from residents and concerned parents about the incident.

He advised parents to teach their children what to do if they are approached by strangers and commended the girl in Thursday’s incident for not falling for the man’s trap.

“She did the right thing,” Burgess said.

Burgess said Saturday that police are still investigating the incident, including a possible sighting of the driver at the Subway restaurant in Hermon. The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call them at 947-4585.

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