The Tallahassee Police Department is currently investigating two separate incidents of strangers approaching children and attempting to coerce the children to leave with the strangers. The first incident occurred around 6 p.m. in an unreleased location. A man driving a black pickup approached a 9-year-old girl and verbally tried to coerce to get into the truck. The girl refused and told her mother about the incident. Her mother notified TPD. The second incident involved a man driving occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Apalachee Parkway. A man driving a four-door black sedan, possibly a Mitsubishi, approached a 13-year-old boy and tried to coerce the teenager into his vehicle. During the encounter, the man tried to conceal his facial features. Although the TPD has been investigating the incidents, no arrests have been made. If you would like to read more on these incidents or to see a number to call if you or someone you know has information about the incidents please see TPD investigating separate incidents of strangers approaching children.
Parents should teach their children to be wary of strangers. Many strategies can be used that will help children avoid being abducted by strangers. First and foremost, children should never talk to strangers. However, if a child is approached by a stranger, families should use a code word that only people permitted to take the child have knowledge of. Teach your children to be cautious and to never go off with someone they do not know.