Police investigating man who approached child in Shelby Township

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 8, 2020

 On May 27, the Shelby Township Police Department received a call about a man who approached a young child while she was riding her bicycle and shook the handlebars until she fell to the ground in the area of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads. The man was driving this van.

On May 27, the Shelby Township Police Department received a call about a man who approached a young child while she was riding her bicycle and shook the handlebars until she fell to the ground in the area of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads. The man was driving this van.

Photo provided by Shelby Township Police Department

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A child who was riding her bike in Shelby Township had a frightening encounter May 27 when a stranger stopped his vehicle and approached her on 21 Mile Road.

At approximately 6 p.m. May 27, an 11-year-old girl was riding her bike in the area of 21 Mile Road and Schoenherr Road when a vehicle began following her. The vehicle eventually stopped in front of her, and then the driver exited the vehicle.

The driver then approached the girl and shook her bicycle’s handlebars until the 11-year-old fell to the ground. When the girl fell to the ground, the driver of the van dropped the bicycle and returned to his vehicle and drove away.

Police are currently investigating the suspicious incident and the person involved.

According to police, the driver was described as a white man in his 50s who had a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans and had gray facial stubble.

According to police, the van is described as a 2003 custom Dodge Ram van that appeared to have three chrome wheels and one dark “rally” type wheel.

Police received information pertaining to the incident and are currently looking into what occurred during the encounter. They hope to find the man involved as soon as possible.

Capt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said the department has received tips on the vehicle and is further investigating the incident.

“We received tips to identify the vehicle. We are currently investigating the complaint. I don’t have anything further at this time,” Schmittler said last week in an email.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the department at (586)-731-2121.

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