MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Police Department is seeking help from the public in connection with an unsolicited advance toward a minor that occurred Monday.

The incident took place at about 4:25 p.m. near the intersection of West Avenue I and South Fifth Street.

“A light baby blue minivan of unknown make or model, driven by a white male who was wearing a red cap and a blue or green shirt asked a young male of approximately 12 years of age if he needed a ride,” Midlothian Police Commander John Spann said. “The child immediately ran off and approached the reporting person for help who witnessed the event and called 911. The witness who assisted this young man stated that the vehicle drove north towards West Main Street.”

Spann said when officers arrived the vehicle was no longer in the area. The driver of the minivan was not reported as aggressive, nor did he exit the vehicle.

“It is imperative, out of an abundance of caution, that parents instruct their children to react exactly as the youngster did in today’s event. However, there is no clear way to determine the driver’s intention at this time,” Spann said. He also noted the Midlothian School Resource Unit would focus their efforts in and around the JR Irvin Campus, as well as work to identify this vehicle and its driver to confirm what occurred Monday afternoon.

"The Midlothian Police Department is deeply concerned when this type of encounter occurs and will work diligently to provide a safe environment for our community’s children," Spann concluded.