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Spotsylvania sheriff’s detective pursuing tips on attempted abduction


The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office is currently checking out tips on the person and vehicle reported to be involved in the attempted abduction of a 9-year-old girl in the Salem Fields community Friday afternoon, Lt. Col. Mike Timm said.

Detective Sharon Williams is also aggressively reviewing the sex offender registry and checking to see if anyone matches up with the vehicle described in Friday’s incident, Timm said this afternoon.

He said the department has gotten lots of calls from the public since releasing information on the incident shortly after noon yesterday.

The girl, an elementary school student within the Spotsylvania County school system, had gotten off her school bus and was walking toward her house when a male, possibly a teenager, started chasing her along Polaris Court, according to Timm’s original news release.

The chase started after other children had separated from the girl.Timm said a detective interviewed some of the other children who corroborated the girl’s information.

This was the second attempted abduction of a female student from Spotsylvania schools in eight days.

Though the incidents happened in communities just a short distance apart,   authorities do not believe they are related, based in part on the description of the assailants.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 13 at 6:15 a.m. when a man tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl along Pullen Drive in the Ashleigh Park South community as she was walking to a neighbor’s house to catch a ride to Riverbend High 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.

The second incident occurred 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. He was 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.

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 call Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822.

The Spotsylvania County school division is offering parents tips on child safety. For details, check out the Getting Schooled blog.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972