Police release suspect SUV photo after Rock Hill girls report abduction attempt

Police in Rock Hill investigating an attempted abduction of two elementary school girls in October have a picture of the vehicle believed to be used in the incident, officers said.

The vehicle was a burgundy or maroon Nissan SUV, said Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department. Police released a surveillance photo of the vehicle Friday.

The attempted kidnap of the girls happened Oct. 15 on Patriot Parkway after the girls got off the school bus around 4 p.m., police said. Patriot Parkway connects with Cherry Road and Eden Terrace.

The next day, police said they had talked to a witness who saw the incident.

The girls told officers an SUV circled the area after they got off the school bus, according to a police incident report. A man then got out of the SUV and grabbed one of a girl’s book bag, the report stated. The man asked the children to go with him to a nearby park, according to police.

The children ran away after the man let go of the book bag, Chavis said.

Police described the suspect as a black man, age 60 or older, with slick black and gray hair with curls at the back. He may be been wearing a uniform, Chavis said. The girls told police the man had on a black collared shirt with a logo on the front, khaki pants and Nike shoes.

Police also described the suspect as around 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds.

The case remains under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department criminal investigation division at 803-329-7293.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.