Woman reports suspicious man at Valpo park

2014-04-11T18:14:00Z 2014-04-11T20:05:09Z Woman reports suspicious man at Valpo parkTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 11, 2014 6:14 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman reported to police that a man she did not know took her son by the hand at a local park and wanted to take him to get some candy.

Police said the woman was with her children about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Foundation Meadows Park when she saw her 4-year-old son being taken by the hand of a man from the playground to a the pavilion.

Police said the woman approached the man and asked what he was doing with her son. He told her he was selling candy and that her son wanted to be his friend.

The boy told his mother the man had been met him at the bottom of the slide and asked if he wanted candy. The boy told him "no" and refused to give the man his name. But the man told him he wasn't a stranger and convinced the boy it was OK to go with him.

The man was described as white, in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans and white long-sleeved shirt with horizontal stripes.

She said he was carrying a box that had been a case or pop that had "random" candies inside.

Police learned of the incident on Thursday from a Facebook posting.

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