Police said that they were working to find the man accused of attempting to lure children into an SUV.
Rob Morris said that he normally allows his daughter to ride her scooter a half block away from their home.
“We allow them to play at the edge of the road and then come back,” Morris said. “We don’t allow them to make the turn.”
Morris made changes to that policy after a man approached three children along Merrick Boulevard and attempted to lure them into a vehicle on Sept. 15.
“I don't think anyone of us could have gotten down there quick enough to prevent anything from happening,” Morris said.
According to police, the suspect pulled up next to two children and told them to get inside his SUV. Police said the children did the right thing.
“They dropped what they were doing and ran home,” said Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski.
Morris said that by the time he was able to look down the street the suspect was already gone.
“It just kind of opens your eyes a little bit more,” Morris said. “Nobody would have thought just allowing the kids to go down 50 yards past the property like that, something like this would happen.”
Police said that the children provided what descriptions they could.
“They were able to provide a good description of a tan or light brown SUV large kind with two rows of backseat,” Pijanowski said. A description of the man was not provided.
Authorities said that though the man’s intentions were not clear, the children reacted appropriately.
“We encourage kids to stay with groups,” Pijanowski said. “If you’re going somewhere try to walk with someone so you have more than one person.”
Police have stepped up patrols in the area. No arrests were made.
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