"It was initially confusing, because there are times when there are multiple reports of the same incident," Brazil City Police Department Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times Friday afternoon about the confusing case. "But after investigating the case further, we have determined there was also a second report about a different incident on Pinecrest Street during the same time period."
The first report was from an unidentified family in the Edgewood subdivision around 3:45 p.m. The parent reported a man in a gold, newer-model Ford F-150 pickup truck attempted to get their 7-year-old son into the vehicle in front of their home on Ringo Street.
During the investigation, officers were able to clarify the initial report by finding out the suspect kept trying to "wave the child over" instead of talking to the child. When the boy refused the suspect's persistent attempts and ran inside, the man quickly drove north in the direction of the Forest Park Plaza.
The white male suspect was described as possibly being in his 40s to early 50s with white hair and a goatee, wearing a blue baseball hat and sunglasses.
Meanwhile, a second unidentified family reported -- what Archer described as being an "extremely weird turn of events" and an "eerie coincidence" -- a white male in a gold vehicle attempted to persuade their 10-year-old daughter to get in a van on Pinecrest St.
When the man noticed the girl was carrying a cell phone, he reportedly drove away.
"The big differences in the second report, was the man spoke to the child and the family was adamant the man was driving a minivan," Archer said. "It was really confusing, because now we're searching for a second vehicle involved in a separate incident."
On Friday, after apparently seeing the story about the incident in The Brazil Times, an unidentified man contacted the BCPD.
"He thought the story might have been about him and he volunteered to come in and talk with investigators," Archer said. "The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the investigation, said he didn't try to do anything wrong and it was a misunderstanding."
However, Archer confirmed the investigation into both cases would continue throughout the weekend.
He encouraged parents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods or strangers trying to coax children into vehicles.
"It's better to be safe than sorry," Archer said. "Reporting these types of incidents so we can investigate them, can help to at least ease the mind of a concerned parent or potentially save a child."
To report suspicious activity in a neighborhood or information regarding this case or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211. To report an alleged abduction in progress, contact 911.