Another incident of stranger approaching children in Wake Forest reported
Posted January 8, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015
Wake Forest, N.C. — Another incident of a stranger approaching a child was reported in Wake Forest on Wednesday.
“A young boy was approached by a man and said that he was to go with him, and the boy said 'my mother is right there, you're a liar,' and went straight to his mother,” said Patty Ogden, owner of Destiny Dance Institute, located at the Factory Sports Complex.
After hearing about the incident, which happened at the complex Wednesday night, Ogden sent an e-mail to her parents, encouraging them to pick up their children.
“She cares about these children greatly and re-enforces the idea that this is the right place for my child to be,” said William Stolz, whose 11-year-old daughter has danced at the studio for nine years.
Around Christmas, three children were approached by two men in Wake Forest either offering a ride or seeking help in finding a kitten, including an 8-year-old girl on Samuel Wait Lane in the Heritage Manor neighborhood and a boy on Lariat Ridge Drive in the Carriage Run neighborhood. All three children described the vehicle the men were in as a gray or silver four-door SUV with damage on the passenger side and missing the passenger-side mirror.
Wake Forest police did not have any record of Wednesday’s incident, which news of spread through Facebook, but urged residents to contact officers when they see or hear about suspicious activity.
“We recognize that people want to warn their friends and neighbors. Absolutely, we recognize that,” said Bill Crabtree, town spokesman. “And there's certainly an opportunity to do that, but first and foremost please contact the police department so we can continue to follow the leads that we receive.”
Crabtree added that police do not have a description of the man or his vehicle from Wednesday’s incident, but such would be appreciated in future instances – along with a license plate number.