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Fifth 'stranger danger' incident reported in Wake Forest

Posted January 25, 2015

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— After recent reports of two men approaching children in Wake Forest, Kimberly Ramos and her husband did not want their young daughter walking the dog alone.

But on Sunday, they let her walk the family pet.

Minutes later, she came running home.

“They had pulled the car up to her while she was walking the dog…they had tried to get her to come to the car,” Ramos said. “They said ‘Hey little girl come here, come over here’ were her words. And she turned around and did exactly what we told her to do, which is to run away.”

The little girl was only a few doors from her home.

Two white men in a gray or silver work van tried to coax Ramos’ daughter into their vehicle. The incident happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. in the Northampton subdivision, near the 6300 block of Ridgemount Street.

The van had no back windows and had scratches along the front and back. The driver wore a green and red baseball cap, the girl told police. The passenger had a short Mohawk-style haircut and possibly a nose ring. No other identifying aspects were known.

Sunday’s encounter was the fifth such incident in the Wake County town within a month.

Around Christmas, three children were approached by two men either offering a ride or seeking help 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 as a gray or silver four-door SUV with damage on the passenger side and missing the passenger-side mirror.

On Jan. 8, a young boy was approached by a man while at the Factory Sports Complex.

“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 complex, on Jan. 9.

The previous incidents led Ramos, a mother of four, to talk with her family about ‘stranger danger.’

“We’ve gone over the scenarios,” she said. “We’ve talked about what if they have candy? What if they offer kittens or a puppy?”

Ramos believes Sunday’s incident won’t be the last in the town.

"We as a community and as parents, just be vigilant about guarding our kids and not taking for granted that oh everything should be okay because it looks like a safe neighborhood," she said.

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  • venomous Jan 28, 2015

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    Needing directions lol? What kind of a lame excuses is that? Everyone knows a grownup knows more directions then kids. They wasn't looking for directions .Geesh.

  • Robert George Jan 26, 2015
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    No one is questioning these guys have bad intentions and need to be caught but the point is they cant be arrested for what they have done so far. ten-points back up.

  • K Hope Capps Jan 26, 2015
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    If this were truly innocent, wouldn't they have called the police and turned themselves in?

  • Roger Way Jan 26, 2015
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    If a person walks across your yard five or six times looking into your car's windows, no real crime has been committed...but it is certainly worth while to find out what he might be up to. You don't wait for a child to be injured - or worse - to identify a potential threat. Geez, there's another ten-point drop...

  • Keith Hayes Jan 26, 2015
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    Here is my question to you all, you all do know that there is no law against asking someone for directions, or to come over to your car or to help you find a lost pet.. so far whoever is doing this has broken no law, so what do you think the police can really do once they do find them.. just something to think about.

  • Chris Byrd Jan 26, 2015
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    The problem with the WFPD is they have a bunch of Barney Fife's and the chief isn't close to being Andy Taylor.

  • Robert George Jan 26, 2015
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    For those of you doubting the efforts of WFPD, please keep in mind they are not going to post publicly what they are doing to find these guys since there is a chance the perpetrators can view this information online. The other factor to worry about is when they do catch these guys can they prove that they have committed a crime and arrest and charge them?

  • allenmga Jan 26, 2015

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    Exactly. Asking an 8 year old for directions is not just some misunderstanding. You don't ask directions from someone who is still 8 years removed from driving....

  • gotnoid Jan 26, 2015

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    and there are two people in the van. Most perverts are usually alone

  • Matt Price Jan 26, 2015
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    Still - 85% of the abductions are from folks that they know. So the stranger danger is not necessarily the common issue here.

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