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Henrico police warn parents after dogwalker spotted filming kids

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HENRICO, Va. (WTVR)--Henrico Police want parents to stay vigilant after a pair of children reported a suspicious person.

Two children told police they spotted a man walking a dog on Copperas Lane on Tuesday who appeared to be taking pictures or filming in the direction of the kids.

Henrico Police Spokeswoman Lt. Linda Toney said the children told an adult who then contacted police.

When officers arrived they did not find anyone in the area matching the man’s description.

The kids described him as a white male in his 20s with a dog.

Toney said the kids did the right thing and her department always advises people to report anything that looks suspicious.

One parent we spoke with in the neighborhood said he would have done the same thing.

“I will be on the lookout for any strange goings on in the neighborhood, that’s for sure,” parent Chris Hillman, said.

Hillman’s six-year-old son showed CBS6 that this is a community where even the kids play a role in the neighborhood watch.

“They want me to run into the house and tell them, and then call the police,” Chasen Hillman said.

Eighth-grader Yara Ibrahin said parents should always take their children’s allegations seriously.

“Even though they do seem like sometimes they’re playing around…if they see something, they know what they saw, and it’s probably best to trust them,” Ibrahin said.


    • athynz

      As opposed to not getting involved? This could have been a perfectly innocent thing of this dude filming some scenery but it could have been some perv scoping out some kids. I’d rather be more paranoid and aware than apathetic.

  • Concerned

    To the parents that live here we are concerned and glad that the kids let someone know what was going on because there is a lot of traffic coming through this area and in the blink of an eye something terrible could have occured and we would all be devastated.

  • Will

    After numerous calls to HENRICO Traffic department they seem totally uninterested in curbing speeders. They say we don’t qualify for simple additional fines for speeding signs but yet they are all over the county. Maybe additional police presence will be a good thing.

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