Deputies: Stranger tries to lure boy, 11

Published On: May 21 2013 03:39:49 PM EDT
PALM COAST, Fla. -

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred Sunday afternoon involving a child who reported being offered a ride by a stranger in the area of Red Mill Drive in Palm Coast.

The 11-year-old boy said he was riding his bike on Red Mill between Red Barn and Renshaw drives around 3:54 p.m. when he was approached by a black man in a shiny, black, fullsize van. The man was described as having a medium complexion, shoulder lengthy dread locks and wearing a black jacket or long-sleeve shirt with a white undershirt.

The boy said the man offered candy and toys if he would get into the van. The boy said he screamed and then rode his bike home where he reported the incident to his mother.

"We are investigating this report, but at this time we have had no other similar reports," Sheriff James Manfre said. "However, it is always timely for parents to remind their youngsters to never talk with strangers and report
suspicious activities."

Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911.