Police Seek Help Finding Man Who Approached Hunking Student

Captain Pistone Also Provides Safety Advice

Detective Captain Robert P. Pistone.

Detective Captain Robert P. Pistone.

An ongoing investigation into an alleged “stranger” incident near a Bradford school bus stop has Haverhill police asking children and parents to take preventative measures.

A report was made to police last Friday of a Hunking Middle School student approached by “a man in a white van” while walking home from a Peabody Street bus stop. Haverhill detectives are seeking a suspect described as a middle aged white male driving a white “work” truck,” according to Haverhill Police Captain Robert P. Pistone.

“Children are urged to walk in groups when possible and, if approached by a stranger, they should make as much noise as possible, yell for help and get to a safe location. Parents are urged to speak with their children about what to do if approached by strangers,” Pistone told WHAV.

Hunking Principal Shannon Nolan sent parents an e-mail alert after the incident was “immediately reported to the police.”

Anyone with information, or who sees suspicious behavior matching the description, is urged to contact Haverhill police, or Detective James Cotreau, at (978) 373-1212.