Authorities: Stranger tried to get boy, 13, in car

The Cannon Township teen ran away from the man who approached him

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County authorities are investigating after a 13-year-old said he was approached by a stranger as he walked home last week.

It happened Thursday as the boy was walking home from his bus stop in Cannon Township, northeast of Grand Rapids, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy said a stranger in a car pulled up next to him and said, “Boy, I’m supposed to give you a ride home.” The teen said he would have to call his mother to check with her. The man then told the boy, “No, it’s fine.” The boy then ran away to his house. The car drove past the teen’s house and then left.

Neither the boy nor his family knew the man or were familiar with his car.

The man was described as a white male around the age of 50. He was about 6 feet tall and had a slim build and a short, black goatee. He was wearing a green winter hat and brown leather jacket.

His car was described as an older-model four-door sedan. It was black with a greenish tint and all four hubcaps were missing. There was rush over the lower portion of the door and several rust holes.

The sheriff’s office praise the teen’s response to the situation and his recollection of the suspect and vehicle. It also commended his mother for quickly reporting the incident. Authorities advised parents to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.

The sheriff’s department said suspicious vehicles can be reported to its non-emergency line at 616.632.6100.

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