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Police: Man approached child at school, description similar to BC suspect
EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two attempted abduction cases in Calhoun County in the last week has law enforcement on edge.
The first happened last Sunday. That's when a babysitter told Newschannel 3 a man tried to kidnap a 3-year-old girl while they were at Piper Park in Battle Creek.
Now, police are saying someone tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl outside Wattles Park Elementary School in Emmett Township, Friday.
In both cases, the suspect's description matches the same suspect sketch.
"When the student said no he went inside and the vehicle left the scene," Emmett Township Public Safety Detective Seth Graves explains.
Despite a 9-year-old student doing everything right when approached by a stranger Friday morning, for detectives, it was too close a call. "You teach your kids the safety of stranger danger and all that, but also be cognizant," Graves says.
Investigators are telling Newschannel 3 they're working to learn more about a man in his 60s driving a dark-colored truck who was sitting in a parking lot outside the school.
"I didn't sleep last night, honestly I felt like my whole world shattered," the girl's mother says. "[I'm] thankful, so thankful that she's OK."
A description similar to a sketch released last week after Battle Creek police say a 3-year-old was picked up by a man here at Piper Park. "It is possible right now, the physical description we go of the driver of the truck is consistent," Graves says.
The 19-year-old babysitter scared off the stranger who tried to take a the girl near the swings. "I said, 'Well, you're going to put her down,' and I picked up the baseball bat that was sitting right there, and I said, 'Otherwise I'm going to hurt you with this,'" babysitter Lynae Fuller says. She says he drove away in a white Ford van.
The girl's mother, who asked to remain nameless, is warning other parents to watch their little ones closely. "Please be careful with your loved ones, you never know when something bad is going to happen," she says.
The description released by Battle Creek police says he is a white man in his 60s with white hair and a white beard. In the Battle Creek case, the man was driving a white Ford van. In Friday's incident at the elementary school, the suspect drove a dark-colored pickup truck.