December 31, 2013 Update:
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police investigators have located the person-of-interest in the incident involving unusual contact with an 8-year-old female on December 29, 2013. After hearing and watching the various media reports of the incident, the subject realized that he could possibly be the person-of-interest police were looking for and proactively contacted investigators about the incident. There will not be any criminal charges, and a thorough investigation revealed that this was a misinterpretation of the subject’s intentions. The investigation revealed that the child fell off of a bike near the subject, and he checked on her well-being. The way the subject acted during the contact could have been easiliy misinterpreted, and he could have used better judgement. However, investigators are confident that the subject did not have malicious intentions.
Original Media Release:
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m., Mt. Juliet Police officers were summoned to the 200 block of Ridgeview Preserve Drive in reference to a suspicious person call. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a mother who stated a white male made unusual conversation with her daughter when she was playing outside.
A man spoke to the 8-year-old female and made a request for her to get in his car. The mother, who witnessed the car near her daughter, yelled for her daughter to get away from him. As the suspicious person was leaving the neighborhood, he yelled to the mother that her daughter did the “right thing”.
“At this time, we have no idea what the suspicious person’s intentions were,” stated Captain Michael Mullins. “It is certainly unusual for the suspicious person to allegedly act the way he did, and we want to ensure parents in our community are aware of his description.”
The suspicious person was described as a middle-aged white male with gray hair. He was driving a gray newer-model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala. The car had extra antennas mounted on the exterior and a dog kennel in the back seat area. In addition, the person had a dog with him.
“Parents should always be aware of where their children are and teach them what to do around strangers,” stated Sergeant Tyler Chandler. “The mother in this incident was nearby and supervising her daughter. She noticed something did not seem right and immediately called the child to her.”
For information on child safety and prevention, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at http://www.missingkids.com/safety .
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .