Halifax police investigating Fairview incidents targeting kids
Police say a man grabbed a child by the arm and later in the day, a man offered to take photos of kids
UPDATE: As of Thursday, Halifax Regional Police say there is no connection between a man knocking on doors in a Fairview apartment Monday afternoon asking to take photos of children and a man who grabbed a child by the arm earlier that morning.
The man taking photos contacted the police who verified that the man does work for a local photography business.
Police say at 4 p.m. Monday they received a call about a man in an apartment building on Fiske Street who was asking to take pictures of the tenants' children for $10. The man also offered pamphlets of his work for $2.
The man is described as a 60-year-old white man with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a brown hat and blue jeans that were torn around the heel. The man was seen leaving the area in an older blue four-door sedan that had rust around the front fenders, but police did not find him.
Late Monday morning, a man grabbed an 11-year-old boy by the arm in the area. The boy was walking to school and was passing a pathway near Fiske Street and Glenforest Drive when a man jogged up behind the boy and grabbed his arm. The boy told the man to go away and tried to bite him.
The boy was able to run home and tell his family, said police.
The suspect in this incident is described as about five feet nine inches with an average build and hair on his arms. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 and your message to CRIMES (274637), or send a secure web tip throughwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca.