Petoskey police investigating possible attempted abduction
Wed, 21 May 2014 19:06:22 GMT —
The Petoskey Department of Public Safety is investigating a possible attempted abduction of two elementary students.
Tuesday afternoon, a boy and a girl were walking home from Central Elementary School in Petoskey.
According to police, the two students were walking on State St. near Emmet St. when they realized they were being followed by a black SUV.
At the intersection, the driver who the students described as a middle-aged white man with dark hair asked the kids to get into the SUV and help him look for his dogs.
The children said the SUV was very clean and shiny. They said they could hear loud rap music coming from inside.
The children ran home and did not speak to the man any further. Police say these kids did the right thing when confronted by a stranger.
"We like kids to walk home in groups if possible and not to walk home by themselves, to go directly home and not talk to strangers," John Calabrese, Petoskey Public Safety Director said. "If they do see a stranger or someone suspicious to report it to someone in authority and that's exactly what they did."
Since the incident, Petoskey Schools have sent a letter out to parents and have talked with students about strangers.
"We do like all schools with stranger danger talks, but we're stepping it up," John Scholten, Petoskey Schools Superintendent said. "We just want people to be more vigilant and be more aware of it, so we are doing our best to get that information out and as quickly as possible to everybody."
Anyone with information about the vehicle or the suspect is asked to contact the Petoskey Department of Public Safety at 231-347-2500.