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Officers in Howard County investigating suspicious incident in Columbia

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Posted at 10:09 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 22:10:33-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard County Police are investigating a suspicious circumstance in Columbia Tuesday after a teen girl was approached by a man in a gray SUV.

According to police, a 14-year-old girl was walking her dog in the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way when she was approached by the man. According to police, she said the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to talk to her but she told him she was calling the police and he drove away.

Surveillance video shows the girl walking her dog near a community center when a gray SUV pulls into the lot at 12:52 p.m. and leaves shortly after.

However, the two are out of camera range at the time of the interaction and a tag number is not visible on the vehicle.

The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his 30’s, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a heavy build and thin beard. He was wearing a red shirt and gold chain.

Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and to report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything that could assist in this case should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.