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Incident with masked men hollering at children under investigation

By The Herald Staff | 3/14/2014

WILLIAMSBURG — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a March 7 incident in Williamsburg in which two people wearing black ski masks and driving a white van scared three children, Rick Geist, Franklin County undersheriff, said.

Robert Allen, principal of Williamsburg Elementary School, 140 N. Louisa Ave., Williamsburg, sent out a note informing parents of the incident. He said three children were playing in the yard of a private residence and two men with black ski masks “hollered” at the children. The children were frightened and ran away, and the two men drove away.

WILLIAMSBURG — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a March 7 incident in Williamsburg in which two people wearing black ski masks and driving a white van scared three children, Rick Geist, Franklin County undersheriff, said.

Robert Allen, principal of Williamsburg Elementary School, 140 N. Louisa Ave., Williamsburg, sent out a note informing parents of the incident. He said three children were playing in the yard of a private residence and two men with black ski masks “hollered” at the children. The children were frightened and ran away, and the two men drove away.

The incident did not take place at the elementary school and occurred about 7 p.m., but Allen was informed of the situation and contacted the sheriff’s office. Allen said there has not been another sighting of the men, and no further action from the school has been taken.

Sheriff’s detectives were in the area, as the investigation continued Friday, and patrol officers have been regularly checking in neighborhoods, Geist said.

Geist encouraged anyone with information about the incident to call the sheriff’s office at (785) 242-3800 or Franklin County Crime Stoppers at (888) 311-8477.

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