City police are searching the area around Gorham and Saratoga streets after a woman called police and reported an older white male in a green van or SUV tried to lure her 9-year-old daughter into a car.
The man in the car reportedly yelled to the girl to come to him and get in the car. The girl refused and ran away.
The mother and child are safe at home now. City police have been asked to keep an eye out for the vehicle, and state police just put out a stop and hold as well.
Officer Lane just broadcast an updated description: Police are looking for a green, older model Ford Expedition. The driver is an older white male with gray, balding hair. He is swearing a gray sweatshirt.
UPDATE: Police investigated this incident and now say it was a misunderstanding. The girl was never in danger and the man described was not a threat.
That being said, police also say that this girl reacted to the situation in just the way that police encourage all children to react if they believe they’re approached by someone they don’t know.
Get away, tell your parents, tell police, and let the police sort things out.
Misunderstanding or not, this young lady sounds pretty smart and she did just what she should have done.