• Gaston Co. parents search for man who allegedly tries to lure children

    By: Tina Terry


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Some Gaston County parents are doing their part to help find a man police say has been trying to lure children in public places.

    On Friday Eyewitness News told you that Mount Holly police were looking for a man who has been approaching children at bus stops.

    In the middle of a little league football tournament in Gaston County Sturday, concerned parents handed out fliers with a sketch of the suspect.

    Stephanie Hilderbran warned other parents to keep their eyes open for the man.

    "Everybody needs to know about this," she said.

    Police said the man with reddish brown hair and drove to a school bus stop last week in a blue Nissan or Honda. They said he tried to lure kids into the car.

    A man matching the same description tried to snatch a child in McAdenville two weeks ago. Police haven't found the man yet.

    "I was riding around yesterday looking to see if I could spot that vehicle," said Darrell Johnson, who has two sons.

    Johnson said he was concerned for parents who hadn't heard about the incident, especially at such a large event.

    Eyewitness News reached out to investigators, and they said they've gotten a lot of tips about the suspect and they're following up on each one.

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