Hendersonville police are investigating a “suspicious” man who they say approached two children and told them he “had something for them.”
The incident happened around 3 p.m. in the Meadows of Indian Lake subdivision, across from a playground and close to Indian Lake Elementary School.
Police describe the area as a nice, quiet neighborhood.
“No crime at all, but a situation like this can happen anywhere,” Detective Javier Garcia told News 2.
He says a 12-year-old and 14-year-old were walking their dog in the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon when an older white man in a red car pulled up and talked to them.
A ring camera on Raintree Drive captured the children walk by and then recorded what the man said to them. In the video, you can hear the man say, “Buddy, I just want to ask you something. I gotta; I want to give you something.”
Police say the children responded appropriately.
“They took off running home and called their parents and let them know what happened,” Garcia explained.
Thursday, undercover officers were seen canvassing the area for leads; looking for more video and images that may have captured the “suspicious” man.
“We are going back to the neighborhood and doing a canvas making sure if anybody saw anything, you know or looking for any vehicles that could help in the investigation,” Garcia said.
While police don’t know the man’s intentions, Detective Garia said, “The guy could be a sexual offender then it could be, you know have a big consequence for him, but we don’t know at this point.”
They want parents to remind children how to respond to situations like this so that they can escape potential danger.
“It’s important for parents to talk with children about situations like this you know. It’s a scary situation,” said Detective Garcia.
Hendersonville police are currently working leads in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hendersonville Crime Stoppers at 615-573-5400.