Second attempted kidnapping reported in Hermon

Posted June 04, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.
Last modified June 06, 2011, at 9:19 a.m.

HERMON, Maine — A second attempted kidnapping was reported to police Friday night and the stranger in both crimes was driving an older model white car with red racing stripes, police say.

“We are actively looking for this vehicle,” Deputy Peter Garland of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said on Saturday morning. “The description [of the vehicle] sounded roughly the same” in both attempted crimes.

The older white car, possibly a Buick, had “red stripes down the hood, roof and back,” he said.

The first attempted kidnapping occurred on May 26 when 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 a Cold Brook Road home and attempted to coax a 9-year-old girl waiting for the school bus into his car.

The girl thwarted his attempted kidnapping by alerting her mom, who “came out running,” Sgt. Michael Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said last week.

An 11-year-old boy reported to police Friday night that a man driving a similar white car stopped him near the corner of Route 2 and Billings Road.

“The person in the car, a male subject … rolled down the window and said, ‘Get in the car.’” Garland said. “The kid ran home and the vehicle took off.”

The incident occurred at around 7:10 p.m. and Deputy Jeff King responded.

“They didn’t get a plate number or a description of the operator,” Garland said.

The boy said the driver “appeared younger than” his dad, who is age 47, the deputy said.

Police are warning parents to always keep eye on their children and advised them to teach youngsters about what to do if they are approached by stranger.

Those who see a suspicious older model white car with a red stripe should “a get description of the driver, a plate number for the vehicle” and call the sheriff’s department at 947-4585.

“Also tell parents we’re actively investigating the situation,” Garland said.

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