Stranger danger reported in Macomb Township

Driver tells girl to ‘get in the car’

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 30, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A secret password appears to have prevented a potentially dangerous situation in Macomb Township.

At approximately 7:05 a.m. May 29, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stranger danger incident.

“A 12-year-old female reported that as she was walking to her bus stop this morning, she was approached by a vehicle in which the male driver told her to ‘Get in the car,’” a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office press release states.

The incident occurred in the area of Camelot Boulevard and Bolingbrook Street, near Hall and Garfield roads.

The vehicle is described as a newer black Chevy four-door sedan with heavily tinted windows. The driver is described as a white male in his early 20s with dark hair.

Police say the girl asked what the password was, to which the man said he didn’t know.

The release states the child and her mother have a password they use if the mother were to ever have someone pick her up from any location.

After the driver asked the student to get in the vehicle, the girl began to run away and the vehicle stayed stationary for several seconds before it also left the area. The girl continued to the bus and told her school resource officer upon arriving to school.

She was uninjured and no physical contact was made by the driver.

Chippewa Valley Schools Director of School and Community Relations Diane Blain said the girl attends a Macomb Township middle school.

Another student witnessed the incident and confirmed what the girl stated.

Chippewa Valley Schools sent a message out to parents May 29, which included talking points for parents regarding stranger danger.

The letter states, “As parents and guardians, we know these reports can evoke a feeling of concern in any community. The safety of your child is always our top priority. As the warm weather approaches, we ask that you join us in our safety efforts by reminding your child about the dangers of talking to strangers.”

Some tips the district offered for talking with children about safety is that children need to avoid strangers and that children should never respond to the approach of a stranger who is in a car, in their neighborhood or any other place.

Other advice was that dangerous strangers often ask for help, like directions or finding a lost dog, and that if children are in a dangerous situation, they should run, yell loudly, and get the help of a parent or another trusted adult.

“It is important that children trust themselves and leave any situation in which they feel uncomfortable,” the letter states. “Discuss potentially dangerous situations. Role-playing these situations can help make them more ‘real.’”

The letter ends by reminding parents to hug their children and remind them that most people and situations are safe.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office continued to investigate the incident at press time.

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