Beware of stranger approaching children

FLINT TWP. – Police and school officials issued alerts last week about two separate suspicious incidents involving a strange man approaching children.

According to a police report issued June 9, police responded on June 8 to a call from the 2400 block of Thornton Avenue regarding a suspicious situation.

A 13-year-old girl reported that while she was in her front yard, a car stopped in the street and the male driver, and lone occupant, engaged her in conversation. He asked if she wanted to get in the car but she declined. He did not physically attempt to get her into the vehicle and drove away shortly afterward, traveling northbound on Thornton.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 30-40 years old, average build, having medium length hair with a brown beard. The vehicle he was driving was described as a late model four-door white sedan.

“We have followed up with the girl and canvassed the neighborhood, but no further information has been developed,’’ said D/ Sgt. Brad Wangler, of the Flint Township Police Department.

On Thursday June 9, at about 7:05 p.m., police responded to the area of McCollum and Dayton Streets (near Clio and Pasadena) for a second “stranger danger” report.

During this incident, a male in a white four-door sedan was again seen in the same neighborhood. The suspect told an adult who was walking along the road that he was looking for a girl. He then drove away westbound on Dayton Ave. and was not seen again.

Area residents told police that they are not familiar with the suspect or the vehicle.

The suspect is again described as a white male, believed to be in his 30’s, with an average to stocky build, medium length brown hair with a “scruffy” beard. An updated vehicle description is of a white four- door sedan, believed to be a Chrysler, with tinted rear windows and black rims, police said.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Rick Pinter at (810) 600-3250. If anyone sees the suspect or the vehicle, they are urged to call 911.

Township Police Department also are reminding all parents and children to remain vigilant during the summer months.

C-A Superintendent Eddie Kindle also sent a letter home to parents alerting them about the June 8 incident.

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