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Man Tries To Lure 12-year-old Into Car Thursday, Bethel Police Say

A man tried to lure a 12-year-old into his vehicle Thursday afternoon, Bethel Police said.
A man tried to lure a 12-year-old into his vehicle Thursday afternoon, Bethel Police said. Photo Credit: File

BETHEL, Conn., -- A 12-year-old fled after a man tried to lure the student into a car around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Bethel Police said a few hours after the incident.

The 7th grader, police didn't release the gender, was walking home from the bus stop and was approached by the operator of a black (possibly four door) sedan. The driver asked the juvenile if they needed a ride home. The juvenile declined and the operator demanded that they get in the car. 

 The student fled from the area and was never physically contacted by the operator of the vehicle. The description provided to police is of an approximately 40 year old white male, black hair that was slicked back, clean shaven, muscular build, with a deep voice. The vehicle described to police is similar to a Ford Crown Victoria, black in color, and possibly bearing CT registration plates.

Anyone with information about the vehicle and/or the operator is asked to contact the Bethel Police at (203) 744-7900.

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about the dangers of getting in or near vehicles that are unknown to them, police advised.  With most children now having their own cell phones, parents are asked to discuss the appropriate times to dial 911. Being approached by a stranger and being asked to enter a vehicle or otherwise leave with a stranger is cause to call 911. They will not be “in trouble” for calling 911 if a situation that is of concern to them turns out to be benign. 

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