The Porter County
Sheriff’s Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who
fondled a young girl on Friday, June 13, in a van parked in the Pines Park
in Pine Township.
police, at 7 p.m. a 12-year-old girl was walking on U.S. Highway 12 from the
Blackhawk Motel to Virk’s Mart when, a short distance from the motel, a van
pulled up next to her on U.S. 12. The driver of the van then coerced the
girl into the vehicle, drove to Pines Park on Birch Street, and after
parking the van fondled the girl, police said.
When finished, the
suspect dropped the girl off at Virk’s Mart.
The suspect was
described as a black male, medium toned, 35 to 40 years of age, 5’ 8’’ to 5’
10’’ in height, heavy set, clean shaven, and wearing prescription
eyeglasses. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a
short-sleeved blue collar shirt, beige shorts, a silver watch, and black
vehicle was described as a full-size conversion van, tan in color, with a
brown stripe on the side. Inside the van the victim observed a red wheel
chair and possibly a handicap-type ramp on the back passenger’s side. The
van is also believed to have blue registration plates, possibly handicap
information about the suspect vehicle or the suspect is asked to call
Detective Lt. Eric Jones at (219) 477-3136. Anonymous tips can be called in
to WeTip at (800) 782-7463.