Takoma Park Police warn parents about van, 2 men targeting a young girl

TAKOMA PARK, Md. -- Tuesday afternoon saw two police cars circling an intersection that they wish officers had an eye on around 9:15 that morning.

An 8-year-old waiting to be taken to school told police two men inside a gray mini-van tried lure her into the vehicle by telling her 'come to my house, I have candy.'

Instead, she ran back inside for help. Police said the girl was able to give them a good description of at least one of the men in the mini-van.

She said he was a light-skinned man with a hoop ring through his nose. She also noticed a flower tattoo on his left hand and a pimple near his left eye. Police add that the suspect was last seen wearing faded black sweatpants with holes in them and a black, hooded sweatshirt with a white stripe on it. The man was in the passenger seat of the van.

The girl couldn't give as good a description of the man driving the van, only telling police that it was a man.

The van was last seen on Elm Avenue heading towards John Nevins Andrews School. Police are hoping home surveillance systems along Elm or Pine Avenue may have recorded video of the van and the two men inside.

If you have any information that could help the investigation you're asked to call Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.