Student approached at bus stop by stranger

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 13, 2017

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools officials report that a female student was approached by an unknown man while she was waiting for the school bus the morning of Sept. 12.

According to a statement released by the district, the L’Anse Creuse High School student was waiting for the bus at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the area of Ashland Avenue and Memory Lane in Harrison Township when a white man in a silver vehicle offered her a ride to school.

The statement that was released to the media and L’Anse Creuse parents reads that the student refused the man’s offer and safely boarded her schoolbus.

The suspect is described as being in his early 20’s, with short curly brown hair, wearing a black and grey baseball cap, black T-shirt, silver chain necklace and jeans. His silver vehicle is described as an early 2000’s four-door sedan, possibly a Honda.

The sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Renee Yax said the student reported the incident to the school resource officer, who gathered the information. According to the student, after she refused the suspect’s offer for a ride, the suspect told her to get into his car. It was at that time a school bus became visible and the suspect left.

“The suspect never exited his car,” Yax said, adding that it appears the student was in the area alone.

“This is a reminder for parents to let their children know of the dangers that are out there, and to never talk to strangers,” she said.

In the statement, L’Anse Creuse’s Public and Community Relations Director Kelly Allen said district bus drivers have been made aware of the incident and have been asked to keep an eye out for anyone matching the description.

“As we strive to keep all students in our community safe, it is essential to reinforce the importance of reporting an incident that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe and to avoid traveling alone whenever possible,” the statement reads. “We take this opportunity to keep you as the parent/guardian informed and want to reassure you that no student was at risk. We treat every incident seriously and your child’s safety is our top priority.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has additional information on the suspect is asked to call Det. Tony Petrykowski at (586) 307-9367.