Strange Man Approaches Bristol Teen

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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A mid teenaged girl is approached by a white van on Peck Lane in Bristol.

A mid teenaged girl is approached by a white van on Peck Lane in Bristol.

Parents are keeping a closer eye on their children after a stranger in a gray commercial van approached a 14-year-old girl while she was walking on Peck Lane in Bristol Sunday night.

Police said the van driver, a man, stopped after passing the girl and began reversing toward her. One of the two people inside the van got out and the teen ran home.

A neighbor walking in the area spotted a man matching the van driver's description not long after the incident, which happened around 8:30 p.m., according to police.

Jon Riedel, who lives nearby, said the incident raises "genuine concerns."

"[My wife and I] are both up front with our girls about not talking to strangers and being proactive about their surroundings," Riedel said.

Police said the man is thin, stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and is in his mid 20s. He was wearing a dark tank top, khaki cargo shorts and white sneakers.

The van has white lightning bolt stripes on the sides, according to police.

Neighbors said they'll be on the lookout for the man and his vehicle.

"I watch out for all my neighbors, and hopefully they'll do the same here for us," said neighbor Max DeFilippis.

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