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Monroe Police To Reinforce 'Stranger Danger' Message After Van Incident

Monroe Police are warning parents after a suspicious couple tried to lure an elementary school student into a van on Tuesday.
Monroe Police are warning parents after a suspicious couple tried to lure an elementary school student into a van on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

MONROE, Conn. -- Monroe Police will reinforce the idea of "Stranger Danger" in a series of classes next week for elementary students after a suspicious couple tried to lure a young student into their van on Tuesday.

The Monroe Police Department's School Resource Officers had hosted a "Stranger Danger" class for all three elementary schools this past fall, and said that they plan on hosting a second class beginning next week.

A Stepney Elementary School student told police that she was approached by the couple at around 4 p.m. Tuesday. She had just been dropped off at her regular bus stop, and as she was exiting she saw an older red minivan with two occupants, who tried to lure her into the vehicle, police said.

The driver was described as a woman between 45 and 50 years old with a slender build and short hair that was bright red with dyed green ends. The male passenger was described as 45 to 50 years old, overweight and with bright green hair.

The child ignored the woman and ran to her home. Police responded and searched for the van, but were unable to locate it.

Police thanked the many people who spread the word about the incident and who called the police tip line. The Detective Division is actively working on all leads, and the Patrol Division is patrolling the streets, police said.

Parents and caretakers are reminded to have conversations with their kids about strangers and not accepting rides from people they don't know.

Anyone with information about the van, the driver or the passenger should contact the Monroe Police Department at 203-261-3622.

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