The Jamestown Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspicious male seen on the south side of Jamestown.
The subject has reportedly been approaching young teenagers and asking them if they need a ride. He has been described as a white male in his late 40s or 50s. He is thin with thick-frame glasses and balding with a comb-over. The subject was reportedly operating a tan-colored pickup truck with stripes down both sides and a brown cap on the back.
The incident occurred before school Monday as the student was walking to school on Martin Road near Foote Avenue. A similar incident was reported last week in the evening hours on Newland Avenue near Forest Avenue. In the prior incident, the description of the subject was similar to the recent complain, but the vehicle being driven was a blue or green van.
With Halloween hours set for tonight, police are asking residents to take extra caution while out trick-or-treating.
"We absolutely need everyone to be cautious when they're out for Halloween but I'm hoping that we'll have this person identified before Wednesday evening," said Captain Bob Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. "The vehicle descriptions that we were given are very specific, which is very helpful. Our message to everyone is to always be suspicious of situations like this and never get into a vehicle with anybody you don't know."
According to Samuelson, at this time law enforcement only wants to find out what the subject's intent is.
"He could just be a good guy, offering rides to people," said Samuelson. "Unfortunately though, we always have to assume the worst. In the most recent case that was reported, the student said that the subject was fairly persistent in trying to get them to get into the vehicle."
Anyone who may have information on who this subject may be or who may have been approached by the subject is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7531. Anonymous tips can also be left on the department's tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.