We are learning more Tuesday about what police are calling a suspicious circumstance that took place Monday in Albemarle County. Officers say the case involves a man chasing a juvenile up the driveway of her home along Browns Gap Turnpike.
What 911 dispatchers initially confirmed was an attempted abduction Monday is now being investigated as a suspicious circumstance. Police say it doesn't happen often, but a number of Reverse 911 calls were authorized to be sent out with information about the incident.
"The attempted abduction information did not come from the Police Department to the extent that I know to release it as an attempted abduction," said Lt. Greg Jenkins of the Albemarle County Police Department. "We have it classified as a suspicious circumstance."
Albemarle County police responded to a call in the 2600 block of Browns Gap Turnpike around 6 p.m. Monday. They say a juvenile was jogging up and down her driveway when she noticed a white colored sedan that passed by her two or three times. As she started to jog back towards the house, she was able to see over her shoulder that the driver stopped the sedan at the end of the driveway. She told police he then started walking up the driveway behind her.
"One of the things that stood out in the juvenile's mind about this vehicle was there was no window posts that separated the windows between the back and the front parts of the windows. We have a white four-door sedan that was occupied by a black male, wearing dark jeans and a black hoodie," said Jenkins.
Police now say the long dreadlocks included in the dispatch center's original description of the suspect is not in the official police report.
Albemarle police emphasize that there was no contact or communication exchanged before the man got back into the car and drove away towards White Hall Road.
The Reverse 911 calls made Monday night went out to a one-mile square radius of where the suspicious activity occurred. Police are continuing to follow-up calls Tuesday morning.
"It is highly unusual that an individual would park at the end of a driveway and chase a juvenile up the driveway, but as I said too, there was no contact, nothing said. We're not sure what the intentions were. We had no contact between the two individuals that were involved in this incident. So we're just going to continue to follow it up," said Jenkins.
The Emergency Communications Center released the following statement regarding Monday's suspicious incident:
"[We] have been informed by both the Albemarle County Police Department and the Commonwealth Attorney that the record [...] requested is part of an ongoing criminal investigation and therefore exempt under Virginia Code Section §2.2-3706(F)(1) and will not be released.
There was a miscommunication in some conversations related to the deployment of the Reverse 9-1-1 and the message that went out. The overall objective was the safety of the citizens in that particular area and it is my understanding that the police have classified this call as a suspicious circumstance and not an attempted abduction. Any further inquiries related to this incident should be directed toward the Albemarle County Police Department."
Police are asking people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police department or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.