Howell Police Searching for Man Who Put Bag Over Child’s Head

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HOWELL-A bizarre incident is unfolding in Howell as police search for a man who exited his black SUV and placed a bag over the head of a six year old girl playing outside with friends.

According to police, the subject is a white mail, approximately 40 years old with black hair and a beard, thin build, wearing black shorts and a black shirt.  He was driving a black SUV.

Police said witnesses reported the rear of the black SUV may have some sort of stickers.

“Patrol and detectives are currently on scene on Crooked Stick Court in the Adelphia Greens residential development located off of Rt. 9 and the Freehold border after receiving a report of an attempted abduction,” the department reported on Sunday. “A 6yo reported a white male driving a black SUV placed a plastic bag over her head. This 6yo explained that she was playing outside with friends. While her friends went inside, she remained outside to clean up toys. That’s when the male approached and placed the bag over her head. It was reported he never tried to grab her. She screamed and went inside her residence. she was not injured.”

“It was a group of children playing outside all day. They are between the ages of 6 and close to 12. The incident occurred according to a ring video within a 90-second window when the group split up and my older son had run into the house to grab the water bottles. So yes, she was “unsupervised” outside for a minute and a half. That was all the time it took. She tore the bag from her head and can be heard screaming for her brother. By the time I got outside the man was gone and I called the police immediately,” said  Elizabeth Connor, mother of the child.

The black SUV was observed sitting in the parking space for an extended period of time.  Howell officers canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed residents.

“I was on my way home turned onto Edinburgh around 5:30 from Rt 9 and observed a white Male parked on the side of Edinburgh on the right in a black Land Rover SUV. I tried to look at him because I’m paranoid of people and he was a white Male with scruff on his face. Dark hair. Couldn’t see his face because it was turned to the right slightly. It was definitely a Land Rover,” said neighbor Donna Post.

“That is all the information we have at this time,” the department said.  “We are asking residents to review their security cameras for any footage that may be beneficial.”

Please contact the police department as 732-938-4111 if you have any information.