Police investigating second incident involving a man approaching a juvenile

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred today in Barton, in which a juvenile was approached by an adult male.

The incident took place on Route 16 in Barton, near Roaring Brook Road.

Police say a 16-year-old juvenile male reported he was walking to work at around 10:00 a.m. when he was passed by a maroon colored Chrysler Sebring convertible with Vermont plates.

The driver sounded his horn and then drove by again, this time stopping, rolling down his window and asking if the juvenile needed a ride.

The juvenile declined, and the male exited the vehicle, opened the passenger door, and grabbed the juvenile forcefully by both his arms, asking again if he wanted a ride.

The juvenile was able to break free and run to his place of employment.

Police say the person of interest was last seen traveling south on Route 16, towards the I-91 on-ramps.

The man was described as being a white male in his late 50s or early 60s, with salt and pepper hair, thin in build and approximately 5’09”, wearing blue jeans, eyeglasses and a long-sleeved shirt.

This incident took place after a similar incident was reported yesterday in Newport.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, the vehicle or person of interest, or who may have information regarding the individual’s identity is asked to contact police at 802-334-8881.

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