What Does a Predator Look Like? Television tells us it’s the guy hiding in the shadows, ready to snatch up a child by themselves on the street. Circulating stories tell us that it’s the guy in the car that wants to give a child candy, or is asking for help to find a lost puppy. He is generally imagined as the man in the trench coat with a hat and a broad smile as malicious as it is big. A parent would see him and know him instantly. A child would think he’s just a stranger.