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Holland PSD Seeking Hispanic Men After Separate Robbery, Child Approaching Situations


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Holland Public Safety is looking for Hispanic men involved in two separate incidents yesterday.

One in his 20s attempted to rob a woman that was picking up a child at West K-7 School yesterday afternoon. The suspect pushed the victim back into her SUV and threatened to rob her, but her screams startled the man, who fled without further incident. The woman and no students were not hurt, and both the K-7 School, which was closing early due to a power outage, and nearby Holland High, where those students were taken to complete their school day, was locked down as a precaution. 

Earlier, a Hispanic man in his 30s, with black hair and an accent, approached two girls, aged 11 and eight, as they were walking in the Meadow Lanes apartment complex near 40th Street and Washington Avenue yesterday morning. The suspect had first asked the youths if they knew his daughter, and then later yelled at the two to get into his vehicle. The children fled on foot without harm, and the man drove off without further incident. The vehicle was described as a grey or white four-door sedan, possibly a Honda.

Investigators didn't immediately say if the two incidents are related, or if the same suspect is involved in both incidents. Anyone with any information on either incident is asked to call Holland Public Safety or Silent Observer (877-88-SILENT, http://mosotips.com).