On February 24, 2017, an attempted kidnapping was reported to Gaston County Police. The incident occurred on River Loop Road in Belmont, NC at approximately 6:00pm. There were several young children between six and seven years old playing near the roadway when they were approached by the suspect who drove up and then remained sitting his vehicle. The children reported that the suspect “winked” at them and then stated “I am going to take you”. The children ran to their home and told an adult what had happened.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s with white hair and a white beard and wearing a black T-shirt. The vehicle the suspect was reported to be driving was an older, green Buick Century with a faded hood and trunk. The vehicle was also missing hubcaps and possibly had a South Carolina registration plate.
Gaston County Police are requesting assistance from the public for information regarding the suspect in this investigation. Persons with information are asked to call Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.