Toledo police are reporting a stranger danger incident Tuesday morning in the 2600 block of West Sylvania Avenue near Douglas Road in west Toledo.
According to Sgt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department, shortly after 10 a.m., a female student walking to class at Horizon Academy reported a man enticed her to get into his van. Police say the man initially approached her on foot and tried to get her attention. He then got inside his van and drove beside the teen and asked if she wanted a ride, but she went inside the school and notified police.
The van is described as a white work van with a ladder rack on top, but no ladder attached. The van has no side windows, but the back door has windows. Heffernan says the license plate on the van is FOR1768 and it is an Ohio plate.
He says the suspect is described as a light-skinned black male with a thin build, about 5 feet 9 inches tall. The man is in his 30s or 40s, wearing a brown jacket and a du-rag covering his head.
Toledo police patrolled the area near the school when classes were dismissed.
Horizon Science Academy Dean of Student, Rachel Snyder, says school officials are doing all they can to prevent situations like this.
"We are teaching our kids to avoid strangers and what to do if they're approached. We're telling our students to be extra careful on their way home," said Snyder.
Several stranger danger incidents have been reported around northwest Ohio since the end of January: four in Toledo, two in Fremont and two in Sylvania.
At this time, the suspect has not been found. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 419-255-1111.
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