Updated 3 months ago
On Thursday morning, a middle schooler said a man tried to lure her into his truck as she walked to the bus stop.
It happened on the South side of Lexington, on Millpond Road at Lochdale Terrace off of Winthrop.
After this incident other kids reported seeing the same truck in this area on Wednesday. Therefore, Jessie Clark Middle School sent a letter home with parents warning of the danger and telling everyone to be on the lookout.
"He could hurt someone, he could take someone's baby," said Whitni Nelle. She fears what else could happen, after her sister reported that a man tried to lure her into his truck Thursday morning.
"She was just walking to school like she does every other day," said Nelle. She said the man told her sister he had lost his dog. " 'I have lost my dog get in the truck and help me find him.' And she just immediately bolted, she knew better." said Nelle.
Nelle taught her sister what to do in this situation. The middle schooler screamed and ran off, but she said the man turned around and followed her.
"He was saying 'oh you better come back you better get in the truck,' he was trying to first use coercion and secondly use intimidation in order to get her into his vehicle," said Nelle.
Luckily Nelle's sister got away, got on the bus, and called for help. She told police the man was driving a flashy reddish-purple truck with dual chrome exhausts. Now, he's still out on the streets.
"I am afraid that someone else's little girl might not make it to the school bus," said Nelle. Neighbors share the same concern.
Lee Holis lives down the street from Nelle and has a fifth grader who also walks to the bus. He said this situation changes everything. "She won't be walking by herself anymore," said Holis.
Now he and Nelle hope the beefed up patrols will make a difference.
"I hope they find him and question him, and hope to god that he hasn't already hurt somebody," said Nelle.
Nelle's sister describes the man as being in his 20's to 30's. He is either very tan or possibly hispanic and has dark curly hair. His truck is a flashy reddish-purple color with dual chrome exhausts.
Police urge anyone who sees the man or his truck to call them immediately.