Sketch released of suspicious man who offered teen ride at bus stop

Composite sketch of man wanted for approaching teen at bus stop (Source: SLED)
Composite sketch of man wanted for approaching teen at bus stop (Source: SLED)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Sheriff's deputies are asking for help identifying and locating a man who tried to get a teenage girl into his vehicle at a school bus stop.

Sheriff James Metts said the girl told school resource officers the man's car was parked near a school bus stop on Edmund Highway in Lexington at about 12:20 Wednesday afternoon.

The 14-year-old told investigators after she got off the bus Wednesday, the man was sitting in his car and asked her if she needed a ride. She told deputies when she told the man she did not need a ride, he got out of the car.

Sheriff Metts said the girl thought the man would force her into his car, so she ran toward her home.  She told deputies as she ran, she heard the man get into his car and drive toward her.

The teen managed to run home and tell her mother about the incident.

Metts said the girl described the man as a white, heavy-set, older man with shoulder-length hair cut in a mullet and a long gray beard.  She also told investigators he was wearing glasses and a white, collared shirt and he spoke in a deep voice.

Metts said the teen described the man's vehicle as red, older-model 4-door with a rounded front end. She said the headlight on the passenger's side was broken and a thin piece of black tape was on the rear windshield.

Deputies searched the neighborhood for a person and vehicle matching her description, but found nothing.

If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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