Police officials were warning parents about a suspicious encounter between an unknown man and a 13-year-old boy walking to a bus stop Friday morning in central Modesto.
The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m., when the boy was contacted by the suspicious man in a white Volkswagen van with black or brown trim near East Morris Avenue and Castle Street, said Sgt. Rick Applegate, a Modesto police spokesman.
The boy told police the van pulled alongside him and the driver asked if he wanted a ride. When the boy didn’t respond, the van’s driver told him to “get in the car.”
Applegate said the boy then ran home and told his parents, who called police. The boy described the driver as a white man in his 30s with brown hair and a brown goatee.
Police continued to investigate the incident Friday afternoon, and officials asked parents to encourage their children to never talk to strangers and to run to safety if something similar happens to them.
Modesto police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at (209)521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.