'Suspicious' Man Waves Towards Children: Cops

Police are investigating a suspicious incident outside a karate school in Delaware County.

By David Chang
|  Thursday, Sep 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:23 PM EDT
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'Suspicious' Man Waves Towards Children: Cops

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The director of the school tells NBC10 a man outside in a car waved for an 8-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy to come out.

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Police are investigating a suspicious incident outside a karate school in Delaware County.

Investigators say it happened at Pro Martial Arts on the 3200 block of Chichester Avenue in Boothwyn. The director of the school tells NBC10 a man outside in a car waved for an 8-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy to come out to his car. Surveillance video shows the children stay inside as the boy runs to an adult for help. Program manager Donna Nather didn't take time to question the kids.

"We went running out to get the license plate," said Nather."

By that time however, she says the car was gone. Nather tells NBC10 she's proud of the children for reacting the way they did. The boy had just finished a class on "stranger danger," according to Nather. Hannah Thomas, the mother of one of a girl who also took the class, says she's relieved by the outcome.

"Everything they taught those kids is exactly what happened," said Hannah. "Not only are we reinforcing it, we're also reinforcing their behaviors." 

Police say they consider the man a "suspicious male" but at this point are not calling the incident an attempted luring.

Police describe the suspect as a black male wearing a blue shirt and driving a silver 4-door vehicle with a dent in it. The vehicle was last seen on Chichester Avenue, according to police. 

If you have any information on this incident, please call Upper Chichester Police at 610-485-8400.

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