(September 21, 2004)

Motorists in the White River Township area likely to notice many unmarked cars, marked cars, and motorcycles in the area of the Hickory Stick Subdivision. A multitude of Detectives, Sheriff's Deputies' and other law enforcement officers are cruising the area observing for the suspect in two attempted child abductions.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is investigating two reports of attempted child abductions in the Hickory Stick Subdivision located at Whiteland Road and Morgantown Road in White River Township, Greenwood, Indiana. On September 20, 2004, the Sheriff's Office received the reports of attempted abductions that occurred on September 9th and September 13th 2004.

The description of the suspect and suspect vehicle are similar in both incidents: The suspect is described as having a dark complexion with a mustache. He is operating a newer white van (possibly a minivan) with dark tinted windows.

In the incident on the 9th during the afternoon hours, a six-year old boy was confronted by the suspect and was asked if he wanted some ice cream. The boy yelled for his mother and the suspect left the area.

In the incident on the 13th, the suspect asked a five-year old boy if he needed a ride home then the suspect left the area.

The Sheriff's Office requests the assistance of the motoring public to be on the lookout for this vehicle and suspect in the White River area of Johnson County. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility that this incident is linked to other similar incidents in other jurisdictions.

If you observe a matching suspect and suspect vehicle that is suspicious, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not delay. If you have general information that may be of assistance in this investigation, please e-mail AsktheJCSO@johnsoncountysheriff.com or call the Crime Tip Hotline at 317-736-2204. Individuals are reminded to never approach the suspect of a crime; Simply contact local law enforcement immediately to handle the situation.