Authorities Search For Man Who Tried To Lure 9-Year-Old

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Bexley Police are patrolling the neighborhood where a 9-year-old boy says a man tried to lure him into his car.

It happened last night along Maryland Avenue in northeast Bexley.

"I was so scared.  I was worried I was gonna, like, get (taken)," said Dominic Gutter.

The 9-year-old is spending this Good Friday out of school, playing in his yard.  But, his mother shudders to think how different this day might have been.

"I think my first thought was initially, ‘what could have happened?’ and then realized he had done all the right things.  All the things you tell your kids. They are listening," said Lisa Gutter.

It was around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.  Dominic was playing with some friends just down the street, when a man in a white car approached him.

He told the boy he was a neighbor and could drive him home.  Dominic told him he didn't need a ride.

"He said I got candy if you're hungry," Dominic recounted. "And he screamed at me because I didn't get in the car."

Dominic ran home and told his parents.

The incident happened along a well-travelled stretch of Maryland Avenue, less than a block from the family's home.

"I knew because, I had to run away because if I just (stood) there, they could have probably (taken) me," Dominic said.

Dominic - a big fan of cars - was able to give police a good description of the suspect vehicle: a white, Chrysler 300 with shiny rims and very clean.

He describes the man as 35- to 50-years-old, with black hair and a goatee.

Bexley Police are patrolling the area and are asking neighbors to be on alert.

"I think everyone's going to be a little bit on alert and probably not allow their kids to be walking down the street by themselves for a while," Lisa Gutter said.

Bexley Schools were not in session Friday, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Police say that's giving them extra time to get the word out about what happened and for parents to educate their children about stranger danger, and how to respond.