UPDATE: Elkhorn Police investigating report of possible child enticement
Updated: 6:00 p.m. September 7, 2018
ELKHORN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Parents in the town Elkhorn feel uneasy after hearing a man tried to get a young girl to go with him.
“It’s very scary, first thoughts especially being a parent and raising my children here and having lots of small kids in the neighborhood that ride bikes and play with each other,” said Jessica Yang.
According to police, the 11-year-old girl was walking along E. First Avenue near the Elkhorn Area Middle School on Thursday afternoon.
They say a man in a black minivan drove up to her and rolled his window down. He told the young girl, her father had been in an accident and told her to get in the van so they could go to the hospital.
The girl didn’t respond to him, and kept walking.
The Elkhorn community already on alert after a woman was recently sexually assaulted by a carnival worker from Mississippi.
According to police, the suspect‘s minivan had tinted windows. It possibly had a brighter blue color on the driver’s side tailgate, and the license plate appeared to depict a sunrise or sunset.
“I hope they catch this person soon because this is a dangerous person that shouldn’t be out there, our children right now are at a very high risk,” added Yang.
Meantime, district teachers discussed the incident with students, and how they should react if they are approached by a stranger.
Anyone with information should call Elkhorn Police at 262-723-2210.
ELKHORN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police in Elkhorn are investigating after a report of possible child enticement.
The report came in Thursday, September 6 and is said to have happened in the area of E. 1st Avenue and Patricia Street around 3:00 p.m.
Police say an 11-year-old girl was walking from school when a black minivan with tinted windows pulled up next to her. The minivan is said to have had a brighter blue color on the driver's side tailgate and the license plate had what appeared to be either a sunrise or sunset on it.
The girl told police the driver was a man who said her father was in an accident and told her to get in the minivan to go the hospital. The girl did not respond and kept walking.
The van was last seen eastbound on E. 1st Avenue.
Anyone with information is asked to call Elkhorn Police at 262-723-2210. Police are also reminding parents to review the following safety tips with their children:
- Yell “No!” when someone asks a child to approach an unknown vehicle or house. If anyone tries to grab your child, tell him/her to loudly yell “This person is trying to take me” or “This person is not my mother/father.” Instruct your child to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away: yelling, kicking, attracting attention and/or otherwise resisting.
- “Go”, run away.
- “Tell” a trusted adult who can call the police.