Possible child enticement has parents in Racine concerned

CREATED Dec. 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 12, 2013

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RACINE – A 10-year-old girl in Racine says a strange man tried to get her into his van on the way to school.

This is a concern separate from the cold, but one that might make parents even more worried. Around 7 o’clock Wednesday morning the girl was walking down La Salle St. in Racine and was stopped by the suspect.

The child told police the man got out of his car and asked if she wanted a ride. That's when the girl darted off running as fast as she could. She ran into another child and their parent. The two of them then escorted her to school safely. Police have some advice for parents who allow their children to walk to school.

“Try to have a buddy system, not only during this time but always,” says Racine Police sergeant Jessie Metoyer.

“Have a couple of friends walking to school is much better than walking alone. This girl did all the right things. She screamed stranger and started running."

The suspect is described as a middle-aged white man with gray, medium length hair, and was seen driving a purple van.