Stranger tries to lure girls from playground, parents afraid

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Parents in several Chesterfield neighborhoods are afraid to let their children out of sight after a suspicious man tried to lure two little girls from a playground into his car.

That first incident happened in Riverdowns off Robious Road on Saturday, But since then, a car matching a description put out by police, has also been spotted in three other Midlothian communities.

Police said they're trying to find the guy and to determine if the cases are related.  Parents tell me their terrified.

They received a safety alert Tuesday.

Fear is mounting in this Midlothian neighborhood.

Children hopped off their school bus into the arms of guarded parents.

"That it happened right here is really scary," said Laura Proakis.

Proakis lives near the Lenox Forest playground in Riverdowns, where police said on Saturday evening a strange man asked two eight year old girls if they wanted a ride in his car.  Some reported seeing two people in the car.  Spooked by strangers, the girls ran home.

"Now I'm suspicious of any car that drives down the street," said Proakis.

Less than five miles away in Salisbury, Libby McNamee believes she saw the same suspicious car right outside her house on Chepstow Road Monday morning.

"They were just sitting there sitting there a lot of people were going to work and it got to this point, what are they doing," said McNamee.

McNamee said after hearing similar reports, in the Tarrington and Charter Colony communities, she won't let her little boy play outside alone.

"We're all kind of like on lock down," said McNamee.

Three days after the initial sighting the playground here at Riverdowns North Drive sits  empty and parents received this security alert when their children returned from school.

"About the police report and the description of the car," said Proakis.

Proakis said her two children got a refresher on stranger danger.

"Run to the house and knock on the door as loud as I can," said Proakis' son, Zach.

"I think you always have to have that conversation because creepy people can look just like you and I," said Proakis.

The man is described as Hispanic in his 20's with spiked hair and sunglasses on his head and was seen in a newer model, four-door Toyota that was dark green or blue.

Police said to give them a call first if you spot the man or the car.  Call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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