SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – As the costumed crowd made its way door to door in Estes Park, parents and police kept a close eye on children this Halloween.
On Sunday, Southlake Police say, two strangers tried to coax a child to get in their van at the intersection of East Dove Road and North Carroll Avenue. According to the report filed by the 11-year-old boy’s father, the child was waiting to be picked up at the intersection, when a man and woman asked the boy if he needed a ride.
Police say the boy’s father drove up as it was happening. When the man tried to talk to the couple in the van, police say the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed.
According to the report, the boy told his father he’d seen the van earlier, when he was fishing at a nearby pond.
While the incident happened Sunday, police say the father didn’t report it until later.
Families in the area just learned about the incident Friday evening.
“We had a talk with our son, who is four, about never getting in a car with a stranger, no matter what they say,” said Ashley Spingola, a mother of two.
Southlake Police officers were a visible presence during the Trick-or-Treat hours, passing out glow sticks and talking to kids up and down the streets of Estes park.
The suspect vehicle is described as possibly a newer model Toyota van, with a spoiler on the back. Police only have a vague description of the couple: a white man with a tan complexion and a mustache, approximately 30-35 years of age.
The front passenger is described as a white woman with long blonde hair.
“If I came out and saw someone trying to talk to my son, I’d be on high alert, too. I’d try to warn everyone as well,” said Spingola.
A spokesperson for the department says police haven’t received any reports of the suspect vehicle since the initial incident, but they’re asking the community to report any further information by calling (817) 748-8114 during business hours, or (817) 743-4522 after hours.
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