Parents urged to discuss 'stranger danger' after men approach kids
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Authorities are asking Orlando-area parents to be vigilant after two separate incidents in which suspicious men in vans approached children in recent days.
In the Kensington Park subdivision in Dr. Phillips on Wednesday afternoon, the Orange County Sheriff's Office says a stranger in a van pulled up to a Palm Lake Elementary student and offered to give her a ride. Frightened, the 9-year-old girl ran away and reported the incident to her mom.
"Parents, please take time to discuss 'stranger danger' with your child once again," the principal of Palm Lake, Danny Axtell, said in a recorded message sent to families of students. The recording also was sent to Chain of Lakes Middle, Olympia High and Windy Ridge K-8 families.
The man in this incident is described as a skinny white man with black hair, wearing jeans and a white tank top. He has tattoos on his arms and a dragon tattoo on his right ankle.
In a similar incident in Orlando's Baldwin Park on May 11, a man in a white van reportedly approached two children sitting by themselves in a parent's car. When the stranger approached, the frightened kids set off the car's alarm and ran into their home, police said.
The man in the Baldwin Park incident is described as a white man in his mid-50s, wearing glasses. He was reportedly driving a white van with a yellow ladder. Anyone with more information is asked to call Orlando Police.