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Police Urge Awareness At Bus Stops

Police are urging students and parents to be cautious at bus stops after a man reportedly tried to lure a 12-year-old middle school student into his vehicle twice last week, according to South Boston Investigator C.L. Carswell.

On Wednesday and again on Thursday, police say a man driving a red four-door car approached a female middle school student at her bus stop on Berry Hill Road offering her a ride.

“She reported that on Wednesday morning and Thursday morning a red four-door car came to her bus stop,” Carswell said.  “The car was driven by a heavy-set black male, possibly in his 30s or 40s.

“The man asked her on Wednesday if she needed a ride,” the investigator explained.  “The student declined the ride and ran back to her residence to alert her parent.

“On Thursday morning, the man drove up again, but stated that the student’s mother told him to give her a ride,” Carswell said.  “The student again was scared and ran to her residence to alert a parent.”

According to police, the man did not return to the bus stop on Friday morning.

“We want to alert the South Boston and Halifax communities of this incident to prevent a possible abduction,” Carswell said.  “We strongly encourage parents to talk with their children about confrontations with strangers and appropriate actions to take, such as running to alert a parent or guardian.

“Parents are also recommended to supervise their children while waiting for the school bus,” Carswell added.