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Police: Man Approaches Boy Walking Home [Updated]

Thursday's incident marks the second in the Highland Park section of Middletown in recent weeks.

Police: Man Approaches Boy Walking Home [Updated]

Friday, 9:19 a.m.:

The mother of the fourth-grade boy reports that the man was a neighbor. The man was just attempting to help the boy. Police and school have been notified.

Thursday, 1017 p.m.:

Police are looking into an incident where an unknown man in a minivan stopped and offered a elementary-aged boy a ride Thursday in Middletown.

A young girl was walking home from Albert Schweitzer Elementary School and Carl Sandburg Middle School in the Highland Park section of Levittown when a tall white man in his 30s stopped his silver minivan next to a fourth-grade student walking in front of the girl, police said.

When the incident began to unfold, the girl told officers she hid in a nearby bush at the corner of Heartwood and Hedge roads and watched as the man exited the vehicle and approached the boy. She said the man opened the side door of the van and asked the boy, who was carrying a musical instrument, if he needed a ride home. The subject stated the boy's instrument looked heavy.

The fourth-grader declined the man's offer and the man returned to the vehicle and drove off, police said.

After the incident, the young girl returned home and reported the strange occurrence to her mother. The mother called the school.

The man is described by police as slightly balding with black hair.

School officials are reported to be trying to determine the identity of the boy with the instrument case.

Recently, two other suspicious incidents involving teen and older men were reported. One was solved and one was not.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 215-949-1000.



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