LEESBURG, Fla. - Police in Leesburg have increased patrols and parents and officials at Carver Middle School were on high alert Wednesday after a girl said a strange man tried to lure her into his truck while waiting to be picked up.
The school sent an alert to parents Tuesday warning them to be vigilant.
“A Carver Middle School student says she was approached inappropriately by a stranger, who made her feel unsafe as she walked home from school,” the alert said.
Police said the girl was waiting to be picked up by her parents across the street from the school entrance on Beecher Street when the man pulled up, opened the door of his truck and tried to convince her to get in.
When she backed away and pulled out a phone to call her parents, the man drove away, police said.
Parent Kimberly Jones was glad the school alerted the community about the incident.
“It raised concerns with me because my daughter attends Carver Middle School and sometimes she does walk to my mother’s house,” she said. “I think (people like the suspicious man) are crazy, and I think the judicial system needs to do a better job when they capture these people. Put them away.”
Jones said she was also thankful for the Leesburg Police Department increasing officers’ presence around the school.
“To make the parents feel safe,” she said. “If their child is walking home, blocks from here, that they are going to make it home and not end up in some crazy man’s car.”
The girl told investigators the suspicious person was a white male with short hair and a goatee and was wearing a sleeveless black shirt and black pants.
He was in a black, two-door pickup truck with a silver toolbox in the back and a license plate that looked similar to an American flag, police said.
Police say the stranger tried to get the young girl, to get into his vehicle. Fortunately, the child backed away and called her parents.— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
Police say thats when the suspect took off. #WFTV— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
Police say this happened, while the student was waiting for her parents, right across the street from the school entrance. #WFTV— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
Police say the suspect is described as a white male, w/ short hair and a goatee. He was wearing a black sleeveless shirt and black pants.— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
The suspect was driving a black 2 door pickup, w/ a silver tool box on. The victim says the front plate looks similar to an American flag.— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
The victim also says there is an oval bumper sticker. She says the interior of the truck is has grey leather and the seats were ripped.— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) October 18, 2017
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