East Hampton police issued a warning to parents on Friday asking them to talk to their children about the dangers of getting involved with strangers, following an incident in Springs on Thursday.
A 13-year-old male Springs School student was walking home from school on Springs Fireplace Road on Thursday, May 1, when a man in a white sedan approached the boy and repeatedly asked him to get into the vehicle for a ride, according to police. The boy declined and the man, described as older, white, heavyset, gray-haired, mustached and shirtless, drove away. Police are encouraging parents to make their children aware that they should not accept rides from strangers.
East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson said such incidents have occurred in the past.
“It’s not unheard of. It does occur,” Captain Anderson said, adding that parents should be made aware. “They should sit and talk with their children about these types of incidents.”
The Springs School District, later in the day, offered a warning to parents on its website at www.springsschool.org, asking them to instruct their children never to talk to strangers. They also suggest that parents tell their children to keep their distance from strangers, take the same route to school every day, stay three steps away from strangers who make them feel unsafe and be firm with a possible abductor.
Anyone with information on the Springs incident is asked to contact East Hampton Town Police at (631) 537-7575.
“We put out a description as best that we have,” Captain Anderson said. “We’re looking for people who may have any information to reach out too us.”