Man tries to lure student into car with promise of candy

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 18, 2023


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Police Department is providing extra presence within the Bloomfield Hills School District after a stranger-danger incident Sept. 7.

Police say a man approached a male student on the property of Way Elementary, 765 W. Long Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills, sometime between 3:55 and 4:10 p.m. Sept. 7. According to police, the man requested that the student come with him to his vehicle and reportedly said he would give the student candy at his house.

The man was described as a thin white male between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. He is approximately 6 feet tall, with light-colored hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.

The student notified his parents of the situation, who then notified police.

Officer Nick Soley said the Bloomfield Township Police Department is working closely with the school district on the incident, and said school resource officers are continuing to investigate.

“The description that the young student gave was consistent with what others saw around there. They didn’t see the interaction, but they were able to confirm that someone matching the description was there,” Solely explained.

Since the incident, Soley said, the Bloomfield Township Police Department has been providing “an extra presence” at schools.

Police are asking that anyone at Way Elementary around the time of the incident with a vehicle recording or other electronic recording to review it and contact

“We remind our community to stay vigilant of their surroundings. Do not engage anyone that approaches you or your children inappropriately, and immediately call 911. We ask parents to remind their children about stranger-danger, and contact a trusted adult when something doesn’t feel right,” township police said in a press release.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident should contact the Bloomfield Township Police Department at (248) 433-7755.