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Stranger who followed girl into Goffstown home after school sought by police

Union Leader Correspondent

January 09. 2018 4:59PM

Goffstown police released this artist's rendering of a man they said entered a Warren Avenue home on Monday afternoon. 

GOFFSTOWN — Police are looking for a man who followed a young girl into her Warren Avenue home after school, then quickly departed when confronted by her uncle.

About 3:50 p.m. Monday, police were called to the home near Pinardville Heights Road for a report of suspicious activity.

An 11-year-old girl told police she was walking home from the bus stop when she saw a car come down the street in the opposite direction. Chief Robert Browne said the vehicle was similar to one the girl's grandfather drives, so she didn't think twice as it turned into the driveway and parked.

The girl went inside the home and the man followed; once inside he was confronted by the girl's uncle, according to police.

The man claimed to be looking for someone named "Victor" and quickly left, witnesses told police.

Police want to speak with the man, Browne said.

"Until we can get hold of this guy, there's no way to figure out what this guy's intentions were," he said.

The man is described as heavy-set, clean-shaven, about 5 foot 8 inches, in his mid-50s, with medium-length white hair. Police said he wore business attire under a black overcoat and spoke with an accent.

He drove a small white SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, with Massachusetts plates. The vehicle was last seen heading up Warren Avenue toward Pinardville Heights.

A witness was able to provide enough description for a Bedford Police Department sketch artist to create a likeness.

Police also are looking at surveillance video from nearby homes.

SAU 19 Superintendent Brian Balke left a message for parents and staff on Tuesday informing them of the incident and ongoing investigation.

"I just share this with parents and staff members, and just encourage you all to be as vigilant as always," he said. "Safety is our first priority."

Balke encouraged anyone who sees something suspicious to contact police.

"As always, let's keep our kids safe," he said.

Anyone with information can contact officer Matthew Barber or the Goffstown police at 497-4858. 

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