Man tries to lure children into pickup

A strange man asked two different children walking to school Thursday morning to get into his truck, Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma said.
Jessica Cuffman
Mar 21, 2013

The children were about five blocks away from Fremont Middle School, when a Hispanic male in his mid- to late-30s approached them separately at about 7:30 a.m.

First he approached a girl, and when she refused, he drove about a block and a half further and asked a boy the same question, both times opening the passenger side door of his pickup.

"Neither one did, obviously," Wiersma said.

When they refused, he drove away.

The man was described as light-skinned, wearing dark clothing, was smoking and driving a pickup with dark tinted windows, that was either black or very dark blue and may have been an Ford F-150.

"We always have a good presence around our schools and will continue to have that presence," Wiersma said.

"Everybody is safe, and we'll be keeping a lookout. If anybody has an idea of who this could be, please give us a call," he said.

The Fremont Police Department may be reached at 419-334-6464.

Comments

Unassumer

Why don't they call it what it really is: Pedophile Danger, not stranger danger. All people are strangers until you get to know them. You can't make children afraid of all people they don't know. I have been in grocery stores where mothers told their kids not to say hello to me (a woman with kids of her own). I am not a danger to anyone. I feel it sends the wrong message to children or may confuse them. While I would always opt for the safety of kids, I don't think we need to make them afraid of the whole world.

Phil Packer

I would tell my kids to be afraid of people in pickup trucks. You can't really go wrong with that advice.

luvblues2

Yeah, or people that drive red cars, too.

Phil Packer

Or red pickup trucks.

mikeylikesit

his van with no windows must be in the shop..

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BW1

You mean the one with the tear-stained mattress in the back?

Cowboy

Kinda scary that you know what the inside looks like!

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BW1

Law and Order:SVU teaches you all sorts of things you probably would rather not know.

deertracker

Don't talk to strangers is all you need to tell your kids. You should not approach kids....even in the grocery store....always let the kids approach you then be a good adult.