Police warn parents after reports of suspicious vehicle following children to and from school

DELAND, Fla. — Deland police are asking parents to be on alert after getting reports of a man trying to lure children into his car.

According to police, a woman called 911 Tuesday morning to report that she saw a man in a dark-colored car try to get a 13-year-old girl into his car.

In the call, the woman told the dispatcher she saw a young girl walking on New Hampshire Avenue near Woodland Boulevard and thought something was wrong.

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When the girl told the woman that she was scared, the woman told the girl to get in her car until police arrived.

Police said they had reports of a similar incident near Citrus Grove Elementary, but are unsure if the two incidents are related.


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Chris Graham, with the City of Deland, said parents need to be on alert.

“We are asking parents to be hypervigilant to make sure their children are safe,” Graham said.

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Police said parents should remind their children to be cautious when walking or biking to and from school, and to go with a friend if possible.

Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the Deland Police Department at 386-626-7400.

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Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.