Virginia Beach police search for ‘suspicious person’

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 18:57:11-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Residents in the 1700-block of Everest Circle say their neighborhood is a safe place to live.

Which is why neighbor Janet King told News 3 she was shocked to hear police were upping patrols in the area.

According to a press release from the Virginia Beach Police Department, police are searching for a suspicious person, after a complaint was made early Wednesday evening.

Police say a "black or Hispanic male in a dark blue minivan (possibly a Honda Odyssey)" parked on the other side of the road, where two children were outside.

Police say the suspicious man "waved to [the children] to come across the street to meet him." The children ran inside, and the van drove away.

King says she has never heard of something like this happening before.

"No, never, and there are a lot of young children [that] play in the street or the cul-de-sac.”

Police are increasing their presence in the area, as the investigation continues.

"Everyone kind of watches out for the kids, you know, when they’re driving out of their driveway or coming down this way," King told News 3.

Last year, Virginia Beach police had over 12,000 calls for service for a suspicious person or vehicle. However, neighbors worry with the new patrols, this may be something more.

“Definitely a first, and I know if I was out getting the mail, or out walking, and I saw someone stopped like that, I think I would pay extra attention to it," said King.  "I’m very surprised to here that.”

Police are searching for tips. If you've got info, take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.