Possible child enticement in Village of Richfield | By Lt. Tim Kemps

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May 10, 2020 – Village of Richfield, WI – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance for a possible attempted child enticement incident in the Village of Richfield on May 8, 2020 around 4 p.m.

The incident was reported to authorities shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

The attempted child enticement occurred near the intersection of Whispering Ridge Drive and Scenic Drive in the Village of Richfield.

A 14-year-old girl was walking home alone after hanging out with a friend for several hours in the subdivision’s common area. The victim was walking west on Whispering Ridge Drive when she was approached from behind by a male who said: “come with me.” The victim refused and the suspect repeated it in a louder voice. At this time the victim screamed and took off running to the closest house which happened to be a friend’s house. The suspect chased her for a short distance before turning around. The victim last saw the suspect jogging down Whispering Ridge Drive towards Scenic Drive.

The victim had observed a full-size brown van parked facing south on Scenic Drive prior to the incident. It was described as being older and possibly having reflective window shades over the side windows.

The suspect is described as a male white, pale skin, average height, slightly overweight, wearing long tan shorts, and brown crocs. He also had what the victim described as a raspy voice.

A van that possibly matched the description was seen in the area a couple of days prior.

Washington County Sheriff officials would like to identify the operator of that van. We are also asking for people in the area to check their surveillance systems around the time of the incident and contact us with any possible leads.

We would like to extend our appreciation for the cooperation we have received already during this investigation and encourage people to be vigilant. We are utilizing all available resources in this investigation but it takes a community effort to ensure the safety of our residents.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (262) 335-4378 or send an email to [email protected]

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