Reports Of Abduction Attempts Unnerves Parents 5-12-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Reports Of Abduction Attempts Unnerves Parents 5-12-2011

A neighborhood crime alert has parents worrying across Mid-Michigan after three reports of stranger danger incidents in the last week.
Local police departments are asking families to be extra vigilant for anything out of the ordinary when it comes to their children.
In the small city of Auburn, the streets are buzzing after a man approached a child at a bus stop Wednesday and asked the child, “Where do you live?”
"We had a suspicious situation,” said Auburn Police Chief Sylvester Poltorak. “The facts are we did not have an abduction. No solicitation. We did not have an attempted abduction."
Even though the child is OK, the incident still doesn't sit well with parents.
"Just made me sick,” said concerned parent Kim Lindauer. “I have kids who are young. [My] daughter [is] 6 and [I have a] 10-year-old son. The thought of anyone approaching them is horrifying."
Poltorak said the man never took off his seat belt or opened his door to get the child.
The chief would only say the suspect was a male, but he isn't releasing a description of the man or the car. But he's on the lookout. "Personally, I’ve been hitting every street at least twice, making sure we're visible,” said Poltorak.
But parents are still trying to calm their fears. "It makes me very uncomfortable. I have younger brothers and sisters that still ride the bus. I have two kids playing outside,” said concerned parent Cynthia Sequin. “To know there are weirdos in this world like that, [it’s] kind of intimidating."
The community of Auburn isn't alone as parents in Arenac County are hoping police can track down the men that approached a little girl playing near her home Tuesday evening.

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It's a situation that has the Standish-Sterling community concerned and parents like Shelley Stewart on high alert. “It just makes you, as a parent, really worry about the safety of your children,” said Stewart.
Arenac County Sheriff Jim Mosciski said the incident happened on State Road when a white van with a star logo on it containing at least two men, pulled alongside a little girl playing in a neighbor's yard. Mosciski said the two men then offered the little girl some candy. “The girl yelled for her mother, who was in the residence, looked out and the van left the scene,” said Mosciski.
On Wednesday, the Arenac County Sheriff's Department notified area schools about the incident. Parents were then warned through an automated message. “The reason we did that is to know if anyone had seen anything in the area, if anyone had seen the white van before, we wanted to know about it,” said Mosciski.
The sheriff said they are still investigating, but in the meantime, parents like Stewart are warning their kids to stay away from strangers. “I told them, it's really important, unless myself or their dad has said something, you absolutely do not approach a vehicle at all,” said Stewart.
Meanwhile, police are still trying to get to the bottom of an abduction attempt near Hemlock.

TV5 is told a man approached a 13-year-old girl Friday after she got off the school bus and was walking toward her home. Investigators are hoping a sketch of the suspect will lead to some tips.
His vehicle is described as a newer model black Ford F-250 pickup, with tinted windows and an extended cab. Anyone with information is asked to call Richland Township police at 989-642-5707.
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