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Police investigate report of man approaching 14-year-old girl in Columbia

WBAL TV Baltimore logo WBAL TV Baltimore 9/16/2020
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Howard County police said they are investigating a suspicious circumstance after a 14-year-old girl was approached by a man in a gray SUV in Columbia.

County police said the 14-year-old girl was walking her dog in the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way when the man approached her in the vehicle on Tuesday afternoon.

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The teen reported that the driver exited the vehicle and tried to talk to her, but she told him she was calling police and he drove off, police said.

Police have surveillance video from the area which shows the girl walking her dog near a community center when a gray SUV pulls into the lot just before 1 p.m. and leaves shortly after. Police said the two are out of camera range at the time of the interaction and a tag number is not visible on the vehicle.

The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, around 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a heavy build and thin beard, wearing a red shirt and gold chain.

Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and to report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything that could assist in the case is asked to contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

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