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Composite Sketch Released of Van Driver in Attempted Abduction

A police sketch artist has drawn up a picture showing the man possibly involved in an attempted abduction in Hamilton on Monday evening.

Police have released a composite sketch of the man they are seeking to question in connection .

said the incident was reported at 4:36 p.m. on Monday after a juvenile said that a man in a white van with blue markings on it pulled up beside them and motioned for the juvenile to come over to the van. The juvenile then ran into nearby woods and back home, where they reported the incident to a neighbor, who called police.

Police have not released the exact age or sex of the victim or the exact location in Hamilton where the incident occurred.

The sketch of the van driver was drawn by Officer Evan Robitaille, who is a police sketch artist, based on a description provided by the victim. It was distributed at about noon on Tuesday.

Hamilton police are asking with any information on the whereabouts of the man shown in the sketch or other information about the incident called them at 978-468-1212.

DF May 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Although this is a good reminder to be cautious and aware, I don't think that driving a white van and motioning for someone to come toward your vehicle is a crime. Is there more to this story?
Hoss May 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
DF, my thoughts exactly. There's definitely something going on to trigger a reverse 911 call last night and now the release of a sketch. Add to this the police being very coy about seemingly basic details like the location of the incident, and I think this is more than just small town cops with nothing better to do.
Michelle Bailey May 09, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Thanks to Patch for posting info on this incident early in the evening yesterday. The reverse 911 call only went to Hamilton residents, so Patch was the only resource for Wenham and other local communities before the school buses started to roll this morning. Regardless if this turns out to be a greater or lesser story than presented, it's always good to remind us all to be aware of what is happening in our surroundings to stay safe from any type of danger.
Christine Bingham May 09, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Best to err on the side of caution. Good job Hamilton. We had a similiar incident near Briscoe Middle School Beverly at the start of the school year. Man in white van with a dog motioning 2 girls to the van.
Bertie B May 09, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Oh shoot, my Uncle Raul better stay out of Hamilton. Looks just like him!
hal May 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
It's great to have the luxury of a Monday morning quarterback, but I think the police know their job a little bit better than John and Jane Q Public (or maybe, Mr. and Mrs. Busybody) . If they deemed a threat and took it this far, then you can trust it is legitimate. I am the last one to stand up for small town cops, who generally are a pita, but they know their job-like you know your job-so give them a break. If it was my town and I had children there, I would rather deal with 10 times too many reports than have one actual abduction
Ron Powell May 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Driving a white van and motioning for a child to come toward your vehicle, while generally inappropriate, is not a crime. Playing to the worst fears that guilt-ridden helicopter mothers can imagine in their minds, while generally inappropriate, is also not a crime. The non-criminally inappropriate overreaction and commitment of resources by the Town and police department cancels out the non-criminally but totally lacking of social conventions behavior on the part of the driver, who heaven forbid might have simply been lost or had mistaken the child for one that he knew.
Peppy P May 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
On my way home from work on Monday I saw two police cars on the side of the road with one officer walking down the street talking pictures. If this is the spot it happened there are a group of obnoxious young teens that hang out there just about every day. Riding their skateboards and or bikes in and out of the street and yelling at the cars that drive by. Did these kids take it a step further that day and throw something at passing cars and this guy turned around to confront them and only caught up with one of them? Just my thought, there should be more to this story.

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