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WPD: Help ID Man Who Approached Boy on King Street Jan. 3

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police are asking the public’s help identifying a man who reportedly approached a boy on King Street Jan. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at his bus stop returning from Scott Elementary School.

According to a WPD announcement Thursday, officers learned a white male in his 30s driving a black car with tinted windows and small dents in the side attempted to speak to the boy, who had just been dropped off at his stop by his bus.

The man drove away after another man approached his car, according to police.

The man was described as possibly being bald, tall and skinny with a neck tattoo on the left side of his neck.

On Monday, Scott School Principal Virginia Bolano sent a message to parents informing them of the incident, which the boy’s parents reported to her that day. In the message, shared to Facebook by a parent, Bolano’s description of the man said his tattoo was heart-shaped, and that the man had been wearing a green hoodie.

Bolano wrote the man allegedly told the boy he’d been sent by his parents to pick him up.

“The Warwick Police Department is aware of this incident as the parent filed a report on Friday. Our transportation office, First Student and the bus drivers have all been made aware of this incident as well. Before dismissal today, all classroom teachers will have a safety discussion with all their students,” Bolan wrote.

“At this point it does appear to be an isolated incident but out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with the public and asking for their assistance in an attempt to identify this male,” police stated.

Detectives continue to investigate and anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the Warwick Police Detective Division (401) 468-4233.

Rob Borkowski
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