Police in Naugatuck are warning parents and their kids to be on the lookout for a suspicious man. The man pulls up and offers kids candy. And while nothing more has happened so far, police are asking the public for help.
“They said if you could take a picture of a license plate or do it safely and, yeah, just to watch out for that person,” said Hannah Voghel, a Naugatuck High School student.
Police say a middle aged man, possibly in his 40s or 50s, approached two teenagers Friday morning. The first incident happened near the intersection of Cherry Street and Route 63.
A teenage boy was walking to school when a van pulled up and the driver asked the boy if he wanted candy. The teen ran off and reported it to school administrators.
About 15 minutes later, a second incident about 2 miles away, near the intersection of May and Millville avenues. A van pulled up to a 13-year-old girl and the driver asked if the girl wanted candy. She ran off and alerted teachers as well.
“The biggest thing with this is that we don’t know what the intent was with this party when this party approached them. We don’t want to see it escalate, so we just want to make sure that anything at all that’s noticed or is suspicious is being reported to the police so we can investigate it,” said Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata.
Parents are concerned, so much so that they’re lining up here before the school day is even out waiting and ready to pick up their kids.
“They’ll scream and run. That’s what I tell them to do, scream and run. And they’ll run,” said Tricia Voghel, who isn’t taking any chances with her two daughters. She was parked outside of Naugatuck High School waiting for her kids to be dismissed.
“It freaks me out. I’m afraid my kids are going to get kidnapped or something,” she said.
Meanwhile, kids are keeping a closer eye out on their routes and their surroundings, hoping that an offer for candy — doesn’t turn into something worse.