Milford Police: Man tried to lure 11-year-old girl into his SUV

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MILFORD -- A man driving a white BMW SUV with dice on the rear view mirror and flames on the rims tried luring an 11-year-old girl into his truck while she was walking to the bus stop, according to police.

The Milford Police Department is investigating the incident that happened on Tuesday morning at around 7:30 on Baxter Lane near Apple Jack Lane.

Police said the man claimed to be a family friend and asked the girl to open the rear hatch to the vehicle and grab an item that was in the vehicle.

"Then, she ran to my daughter's house, across the street, to where my daughter lives with my granddaughter, who is one of her best friends," said Jim Romano, lives on Baxter Lane, right next to the girls' bus stop.

He said his granddaughter and her friend, who escaped harm, always walk together to the bus stop.

"Now I'm going to have to keep a visual out here and me walking out here in the morning and make sure that these kids are OK," said Romano.

The man was described as white, and between 25-30 years old with brown or black hair.

Milford Public Schools released the following statement:

Milford Public schools will continue to collaborate with the Milford Police Department regarding this matter.  As always, the safety of our students is our highest priority.  We encourage you to speak with your children about the importance of reporting suspicious activities to a trusted adult and school officials.

Police are continuing with their investigation and have provided an extra police presence in the area.

Police are hoping to hear from residents, who live in the area who might have surveillance footage that might yield some clues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Milford Police Department at (203) 878-6551, or visit their website and click “Crime Tips.”