Update: The mother of a 9-year-old boy who said a man offered him a ride, says her son lied. She says he made up the story because he missed the bus and was afraid of getting grounded. She tells CBS 11 she is embarrassed.
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials in the Keller Independent School District have confirmed that another child came face-to-face with a stranger on Monday morning, and was forced to run to safety.
This latest incident happened at about 7:15 a.m. along Fountain Flat Drive, in the Valley Brooke Estates neighborhood of Fort Worth. The district said that a 9-year-old boy was walking to a bus stop when a man drove up and asked to give the child a ride.
The student ran home and was not harmed. His family called the police. He attends Friendship Elementary School.
The school district sent a letter to parents on Monday, informing them about the incident and reminding them to keep their children safe in the community. Meanwhile, the Keller ISD and the Fort Worth Police Department are continuing to investigate the case.
There have been at least five similar incidents around this area within the past year.
The vehicle has been described as a silver-colored two-door Chevrolet Silverado. The driver was a bald white man with facial hair, believed to be between 35 and 45 years old. Officials have not said if this is believed to be the same man who has been suspected of the most recent abduction attempt last week. Police released the following sketch of that suspect.
In that last case, a man tried to lure a special needs girl from Hillwood Middle School into his vehicle. The incident took place just down the street from campus, along Parkwood Hill Boulevard in north Fort Worth.
Parents are asked share the following safety tips with their children.
— Never talk to a stranger. If a stranger tries to talk to you, run away. If the stranger follows you, continue running and yell, “Stranger! Danger!” Tell a trusted grown-up immediately.
— Walk to and from school in groups.
— Never accept a ride without first getting permission from your parents.
— Never take shortcuts. Always stick to the route you have agreed on with your parents, and stay on main roads.
— Never let people know if you are going home alone. If you wear a house key, keep it under your clothing.
— Have your parent help you make a list of safe places you can go for help along walking routes.
— Never leave school with anyone without checking with school officials.
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