The following statement was released by the Cobb County Police Department Crimes Against Property Unit, Precinct 4, regarding an incident near Pope High School this week:
I am aware that several emails and texts are circulating regarding the following incident that took place on Hembree Road. This incident is being followed up on by the Crimes Against Children’s Unit as a matter of precaution due to the complainant’s age.
On Monday, May 6, 2013, a teenage female was walking home from school on Hembree Road. A male in a yellow van stopped and offered her a ride which she declined. The male drove off and returned a short time later. He inquired about her age and complimented her appearance. He then provided a business card to the female and asked her to call him sometime.
The male did not make any threatening actions toward her nor did he attempt to forcibly get her into the van. It does not appear at this time that any criminal act occurred.
While understandably, any type of incident involving a young person causes alarm, I would ask that you do not forward any emails or texts other than this official version of the incident.
This incident provides an opportunity to remind your children and teenagers that they should never engage in conversation nor accept anything offered by someone in a situation such as this. Should they feel threatened, they should run to a nearby house or business or flag down passing motorists to draw attention to themselves and the situation. Police should then be notified as quickly as practical so that officers can check the area and attempt to identify the individual.
(Source: Cobb County Police Department)