MINNEAPOLIS - Police are warning parents about a luring incident in south Minneapolis.
Two children were leaving Green Central School last Friday when a man in a vehicle approached them. He asked the kids to walk over. He said had candy for them. The children went home and reported it to a parent.
It happened in the 3400 block of 4th Avenue South. Police say the suspect had a newspaper in front of his face as if he was trying to hide his face.
He is described as a white male, in his 30's or older with brown/gray bread.
The vehicle is described as a newer gray 4-door, possibly with a black and gray stripe on the side.
Anyone with information should call Minneapolis Police 612.673.3081.
Minneapolis Police offered these safety tips:
- Teach you children to never approach a vehicle if someone is in the car trying to get their attention. Child molesters use various tactics including offering candy, showing them a puppy or kitten or telling them that their Mom has been hurt and he wants to take them to her. If someone tries to lure them into a vehicle they should immediately begin yelling for help and run away to a familiar place or adult.
- Teach them that if an adult approaches them when they are alone in public, they should immediately run to the nearest familiar adult and tell them what happened.
- If you live or work near a school and see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1.
- Teach children their address and phone number, including the area code. Instruct them how to use the telephone to call home, and in an emergency, 911. Tell them that it's all right to share this information with the police.
- Keep an updated file on your child, including a current photograph and physical description.
- Pay close attention to the clothing your child is wearing each day and never display your child's name on his/or clothes or books. Children will often respond to strangers who call them by name.
- Leave instructions with your child's school to notify you immediately if he/she is absent and provide them with written information on which people are authorized to pick your child up after school.
- For more information about personal safety and other crime prevention techniques, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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