Thursday, May 8, 2014

Attempted abduction in Fox Bay? (Updated)

The Fox Bay Board of Directors sent out this email on April 30:

Fellow Fox Bay Residents,

We want to make you aware of a frightening encounter that occurred on Wednesday, April 30 at around 7 a.m. While a child was waiting on the school bus in front of her Vineyard house, a man who was either delivering or pretending to deliver the Rankin Ledger newspaper drove up to her and engaged her in conversation. He attempted to lure her into his car. The bus arrived and she boarded it. The man was older, white with short, gray hair and was driving a maroon/purple car. The child’s mother has contacted the Rankin Ledger and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.

We will also distribute a flyer in the next few days to make residents aware who are not yet on the email distribution list.

Fox Bay Board of Directors
JJ received the email on May 1 and contacted Sheriff Bryan Bailey.  He did not know about the alleged incident or the email until notified by this correspondent.  He checked the logs and other records at RCSO after our conversation and said no one had contacted his office. However, he did investigate after JJ notified him of the email.  The Fox Bay Owners Association distributed this flyer today.

 JJ will contact RCSO and report if there is any new information.

Update: This correspondent spoke to an investigator with the Rankin County Sheriff's office.   The original email incorrectly stated the RCSO was contacted. Such notification had not been made at that time.  The investigator said the suspect was delivering papers.  He'd already thrown one in the driveway where the 13-year old girl was waiting for the bus (She was 13.).  He threw another one in the driveway.  The girl told him he'd already delivered a paper. The suspect told her there were some good coupons for some tools in there at a local retailer (No reason to post the name.).  He then said he could take her there.  The schoolbus then arrived and she got on the bus.

The girl told her mother.  The investigator did speak to the mom.  The Ledger was contacted and the employee terminated.  He was driving a 2001 maroon Dodge Neon.  He never got out of the car or made physical contact to the girl.  RCSO has not been able to contact the suspect.  The house listed as his home address is apparently abandoned and the phone number goes immediately to voice mail when called.  No charges are currently pending. 


Anonymous said...

Don't let your 7 year old daughter wait for the bus alone! There are real perverts out there, people!

Anonymous said...

The child was 13yrs. Not sure where you got 7.

A Can Of WhuppAss said...

"The investigator did speak to the mom." What investigator?

Don't let your 13 year old daughter wait for the bus alone either. I realize you people are anxious to get them off to the babysitter we call schools, but no child should be allowed to stand at or near the street at daylight waiting for a school bus.

'The correspondent' doesn't say whether or not the sheriff intends to speak with the terminated newspaper deliverer or what the Clarion had to say about it other than terminating him. Offering to take a 13 year old female to a place that sells tools at or near daylight is cause for alarm.

Anonymous said...

I know the guy pictured on wjtv as the perp.

He's nuts...harmless...just likes to talk a anybody really.

He claims to have been a stock broker in a prior life.

He has a psychological problem I'm not qualified to Whitfield gets a new resident.

Anonymous said...

Just because someone is nuts does not make them harmless. Sure he's probably harmless TO YOU, but lots of pedophiles are very nice, middle class, educated, married family men who just happen to enjoy sex with children.

Be careful about ASSuming, especially when it comes to the safety of a child.

Anonymous said...

So, mentally low IQ and delivering papers for the CL on contract, seems harmless.

Do we have the full conversation between the low IQ gentle person and the child of intelligence?

WTF? You, assuming the worst Northshorer's, want to crucify everyone for nothing. I truly do not understand why these bandwagoners want to bring a lynch mob to a misunderstanding.

Go talk to RCSD and the foooooolish helicopter moms who think their worlds are threatened by every bagger at Kroger/Walmart.

The sad thing is, this is the only job this guy could afford - meaning he was paying his own way to work for the CL.

Every fearful mother was immediately communicating on email, text, coffee shops and more to enrage the community b/c they don't have enough to pay attention to.

Anonymous said...

9:49PM You need to talk to the authorities. Thats over the top!

Anonymous said...

The guy asked the girl to get in his car.

This is the only part of the story that's important. It doesn't matter if he's the neighborhood crazy or a repeat offender.

Back off, 10:12. You either don't have young kids or are related to the perp. Either way, the parents in the area are right to be upset and the cops did their job.

Stay Vigilant said...

So, having a low IQ (where did that come from?), being able only to work as a paper boy and being thought of as 'gentle'....all those excuse an adult male's asking a girl child to get in his car at or near daylight? Harmless; just funnin'; being a gentle neighborhood friend? Bullshit.

Those of us who have them always err (or should) on the side of safety for our children. If this gentle goob becomes collateral damage, tough shit.

Anonymous said...

If it was so threatening, why didn't the parents contact law enforcement when it happened?

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