Forest Park police are asking residents in the city to keep a protective eye on children in light of reports this week of men trying to lure young children into their vehicles.
The city’s police department issued a news release Friday, to let Forest Park residents know about two incidents that took place on Wednesday, involving elementary school-aged females going to school that morning, and getting off a school bus that afternoon. None of the females went with the suspects, and they were not harmed in either incident, according to police.
“The Forest Park Police Department is seeking public assistance in being observant and looking out for school-age children as they walk to, and from, school,” a new release from the police department states.
The police are also asking members of the public, who have information about either case, to come forward. Additionally, they are asking residents who see suspicious persons, or behavior, near any school in the city to call police immediately.
In the first incident that occurred Wednesday, police say two females, ages 7 and 12, were approached by two African-American males in a white sports-utility vehicle, on Glade Road. The two men did not get out of their vehicle, police said, but they did try to order the girls into their SUV. They refused, and made it to their school unharmed, according to the police news release.
The second incident involved four men in a dark-colored, 4-door vehicle, which police said may have been a Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows. The men are accused of trying to “lure” a 10-year-old girl into their vehicle after she got off her school bus, on West Street, to go home that afternoon.
“The girl knew not to approach the vehicle, dropped her book bag and ran,” the police news release states. “The occupants of the vehicle did not attempt to follow her, and departed the area.”
Call (404) 366-4141 to give police information about the two incidents on Wednesday, or to report any suspicious characters or behavior near schools in Forest Park.