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Bethel Police: Man Tried To Lure 12-Year-Old Into Car After School

A retired Bethel Police Officer committed suicide as he spoke with Bethel officers Tuesday night.
A retired Bethel Police Officer committed suicide as he spoke with Bethel officers Tuesday night. Photo Credit: File

BETHEL, Conn. — Bethel police were searching Thursday evening for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old into a car after school.

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, a seventh-grader was walking home from a bus stop and was approached by the driver of a black (possibly four-door) sedan, police said.

The driver asked the juvenile whether they needed a ride home, police said. The juvenile declined, but and the driver demanded that the student get in the car, police said.

The juvenile, who then fled the scene, was not physically contacted by the driver, police said.

The driver was described as a 40-year-old while man with slicked-back black hair and clean shaven, with a muscular build and a deep voice, police said.

The vehicle is similar to a black Ford Crown Victoria, possibly with Connecticut license plates, police said.

Anyone with information about the vehicle and/or the driver is asked to contact the Bethel Police at 203-744-7900.

Bethel police also urged parents to speak with their children about the dangers of getting in or near vehicles that are unknown to them.

Since most children now have cellphones, parents are asked to discuss the appropriate times to dial 911. Being approached by a stranger and asked to enter a vehicle or otherwise leave with a stranger is cause to call 911, police said. Students should not be worried about "getting in trouble” for calling 911 if a situation that is of concern to them turns out to be nothing.

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