Police looking for man who tried to coerce child into vehicle

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Hamilton County detectives are investigating an incident that occurred this morning, Dec. 3, where a man attempted to coerce a Noblesville student into his vehicle while the student was waiting at the bus stop.

Officials from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office made the statement this afternoon, saying the incident occurred in the 20200 block of Cumberland Road. Police said the student was approached at approximately 6:45 a.m. and was asked by a stranger to enter his SUV to be taken to school.

Information provided by detectives indicates the student was waiting at the end of the driveway when a white Ford Explorer pulled up. The driver of the Explorer, described as a dark-skinned, balding, mid-30-year-old African American male wearing glasses with a shaggy beard, told the student that the bus driver had sent him back to pick up the student due to missing the bus.

Police said the student did not believe the story and returned to the house while the SUV drove away.

The vehicle was described as an older model with a dent in the tailgate and possibly a missing or inoperable center brake light. The father of the student verified the description of the Explorer.

Police said no similar incidents have been reported.

Residents are being reminded by the HCSO to always report suspicious activity. Anyone with additional information should contact Hamilton County Public Safety Communications at 317-773-1282.

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