Norfolk family says man posed as cop and approached young girls

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A family contacted WRIC’s sister station WAVY, after a stranger wearing a badge reportedly approached two young girls as they walked on W. Ocean View Avenue.

It reportedly happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, near the intersection of 8th View.

“If I wasn’t standing there, she’d be gone right now,” Shelia Worley said.

Worley told WAVY she was watching her 7-year-old granddaughter and a 9-year-old friend walk from one apartment complex to another.

She then reportedly observed a man, appearing to wear a patch-like badge, exit a gray-colored pick-up truck and approach the girls.

Worley said she could hear the stranger say, “I’m a good guy” to the young girls.

“I yelled, ‘girls come here now,’ and when they started running towards me… he jumped back in the truck and took off.”

“It made me feel kind of scared,” the 7-year-old girl said.

The family phoned 911 around 5:35 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m. They were upset by the fact that an officer responded after 7 p.m.

“Where did [the stranger] go?” asked the 7-year-old’s mom, Ashley Tobias. “How far could he have gotten? It’s been almost two hours since we called the cops when they could have been here.”

Public Information Officer Daniel Hudson said the call for service came in as a “suspicious situation” during the busiest time of day. He said call volumes are high at that point, and response is based on priority.

Hudson told WAVY that the incident is being considered a possible police impersonator situation. Based on the evidence gathered at the scene, officers are not categorizing the incident as an attempted abduction.

The incident is under investigation.