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Man attempted to abduct 2 Rock Hill kids after they got off school bus, cops say

Police in Rock Hill are seeking the public’s help finding a suspect who tried to abduct two girls who were walking home from a school bus stop Tuesday.

The incident happened after 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Patriot Parkway, a street that has apartment homes on both sides of the street, police said.

The girls told an adult that a man driving a burgundy SUV was circling the area after they got off the school bus, said Lt. Michael Chavis of Rock Hill Police Department.

The two girls told police after they got off the school bus at the stop closer to Cherry Road, the SUV circled them as many as three times and almost hit them, according to a Rock Hill police incident report. The man then got out of the SUV and grabbed one of a girl’s book bag, the report stated.

He asked the children to go with him to a nearby park, Chavis said.

The children escaped when the man let go of the book bag, Chavis said. The girls ran home and told an adult about the attempted abduction, Chavis said. The adult called police.

Police described the suspect as a black man, age 60 or older, with slick black and gray hair with curls at the back. He may be been wearing a uniform, Chavis said. The girls told police the man had on a black collared shirt with a logo on the front, khaki pants and Nike shoes.

The children are in elementary school in the Rock Hill school district, according to a police incident report. The Herald is not naming the school to protect the identities of the children.

The area is off North Cherry Road, just south of Interstate 77. Patriot Parkway connects with Cherry Road and Eden Terrace.

Detectives and patrol officers canvassed the area Tuesday night and patrolled the area Wednesday, but have not yet identified the suspect.

Police said detectives are looking at surveillance video from area businesses.

Several parents met the buses and walked children from the Patriot Parkway stop Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department criminal investigation division at 803-329-7293.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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