Stranger danger reported

Update: Sheriff's office finds no criminal intent

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 4, 2016


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a stranger danger incident took place during the evening of May 3 in Macomb Township.

The incident reportedly took place on Burgandy Drive, which is between Card Road and Heydenreich Road just north of Hall Road, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy and his parents filed a report with the sheriff’s office claiming that the boy was approached by a black man driving a white vehicle while he was walking home around 2:30 p.m.

The driver of the car allegedly exited his car and grabbed the boy by his arm, but the boy was able to break free and ran home uninjured.

Police reported there were no words exchanged during the incident and the boy didn’t recognize the car or driver.

The boy described the car as a newer four-door car, and the man as being around 50 years old with a medium build and gray goatee. He was wearing sunglasses and a white shirt.

The driver fled the scene in his vehicle, and there were no witnesses at the time of the incident. An investigation by the sheriff’s office is ongoing. 

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham has reported that the individual who was the subject of the complaint has been identified.

“He came to our Department voluntarily after seeing media coverage of the incident.  The man, a resident who lives in the neighborhood near where the incident occurred described the interaction with the youth and we are satisfied that there was no assault and no attempt to abduct the child,” Wickersham said.

The 70 year-old Macomb Township resident reportedly said he was driving past the teen who was walking in the roadway with headphones on.  As the man drove past the boy, he tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.

The sheriff’s office has determined that there has been no criminal conduct and there will be no criminal charges.    

Detectives have spoken with the parents of the 14-year-old boy and they are aware that the man has been identified and the circumstances of the man’s interaction with their son.