Kids say they were pursued by an adult at Pleasant Hill Park

News-DemocratAugust 30, 2013 

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Belleville police say they were unable to locate a suspect who three girls and a boy reported chased them through Pleasant Hill Park on Thursday.

According to police reports, the juveniles who ranged in age from 9 to 14 years old, said they were walking through the park about 6:45 p.m. when they encountered the suspect at the park located at 601 N. Sixth St.

The girls said they were walking to nearby Jaycee Park to watch football practice. While taking a short cut through Pleasant Hill Park, they were confronted by the suspect who they described as being "really tall." The victims said he was either a very light-skinned black man or else a white male. He was wearing a gray shirt and shorts with a hat while drinking a beer at the pavilion on the east side of the park.

The suspect yelled "hey come here" several times at the kids as they passed. The children ignored him. So the man got up and began to follow them. When they got nervous and started to run, he ran after them until they got away in some woods.

Police officers conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable locate the suspect.

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