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Police release sketch of man who approached boy at bus stop

March 04, 2006

Hagerstown City Police released an artist's sketch of a man who approached a boy in a group of children at a View Street/Pangborn Boulevard bus stop Tuesday morning and offered him a ride.

Detective Steve Hoover said the sketch is the result of information offered by the victim and a girl who witnessed the 10:15 a.m. incident.

The man who approached the group was driving a possibly older model light gray Nissan or Toyota with damage to the driver's side headlight. There were also dents on the fender and driver's-side door and possibly a Maryland tag, Hoover said.

Police said the boy reported the incident to school officials as soon as he got to school that morning. He told them he said "no" to the man who offered him a ride.

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Described as a light-skinned black man, he was estimated to be approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, in his late teens or early 20s with short hair and a light moustache. He was wearing dark clothing.

Carol Mowen, spokeswoman for Washington County public schools, said letters went home to parents on Wednesday about the incident. She added that schools were operating on a two-hour delay because of poor weather that day.

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