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Sheriff’s Office seeks help solving attempted abductions of two Spotsy students

UPDATE: I just posted an updated story on this topic via the News Desk blog for breaking news. You can monitor my blog and the home page for updates as this story unfolds.  I’ll do my best to keep you updated via the blog when there is updated information. Child safety is obviously a concern for parents and the  entire community. Feel free to message me directly if you have anything you wish to share:

In an eight-day period, two Spotsylvania County  girls reported attempted abductions in their neighborhoods. One was on her way to school; the other had just gotten off her school bus.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the community on both of these crimes.

1.) On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:15 a.m., a man tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl along Pullen Drive in the Ashleigh Park South community as she walked to a neighbor’s house to catch a ride to school.

The Sheriff’s Office has obtained a felony warrant for Jacinto Hernandez–Andrades, 26. He is described as a  Hispanic male, 5 feet, 7  inches tall and weighing 140  pounds.

He was last seen fleeing in what was described as a light blue, four-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry.

2.) On Friday, Oct. 21, at 3:53 p.m., the mother of a 9-year-old girl reported that a male got out of a mini-van and chased the girl along Polaris Court in the Salem Fields community after she got off her school bus and was walking home.

The child described the person as a white male, medium build with blond short curly hair above the ears, possibly high school age; wearing a sky blue shirt with flames, baggy jeans, tan hiking shoes or boots, and a jacket with orange and green panels on the front that were reversed on the back.

The vehicle is described as a mini-van styled like a Grand Caravan with the sloped front-end. The passenger side door has a medium-sized dent in the door and the wheels were described as spoke style.

TO HELP: Anyone with information  about either case or the suspects is   asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/582-7115 or Text-A-Tip; Text SEE911 to CRIMES (274637) or, Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822.

Also, see my last post about tips for child safety the Spotsylvania school division has posted.