NCSO responds to reports of strangers approaching juveniles

COVINGTON — A 9-year-old Newton County girl reported to her mother that a man approached her Monday and asked her to get into his vehicle. According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy was called to a home on Keyton Drive around 9 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

“Deputies were advised that an unknown male rolled the window down and asked a 9-year-old female to come to his vehicle,” said Deputy Felicia Jefferson. “The driver did not attempt to grab her nor did he exit the vehicle.”

The girl ran back into her home and told her mother. The incident report states that the suspect’s vehicle is a white or silver Nissan Xterra SUV. The victim did not provide a detailed description of the man other than he seemed to speak with some type of accent, Jefferson said.

Investigators returned to the area Wednesday to obtain further information from neighbors or other witnesses, she said.

While the incidents do not appear related, another Newton County mother contacted authorities when her middle school daughter reported she had been approached by a woman last week who asked her if she wanted a ride.

Jefferson said that the girl said a woman driving a medium blue or gray-colored four-door truck with an Obama/Biden bumper sticker on the back approached her April 23 while she was waiting for the bus to take her to Clements Middle School. The woman asked her twice if she wanted a ride. The girl ran inside her house and called her mother, who contacted 911.

The woman in the truck was described as being black with her hair pulled back in a bun and was around 30 years old, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She had black moles on her face and was wearing black glasses.