Wake Forest: Man offers girl pills; incident is 6th of 'stranger danger'
Posted January 26, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
Wake Forest, N.C. — A teenage girl was approached by a stranger in Wake Forest Monday night – the sixth such occurrence in the Wake County town within a month.
A 13-year-old girl was approached by an unidentified male near the intersection of Jones Dairy Road and Green Mountain Drive at about 6:40 p.m., town officials said. The man, wearing dark clothing and a mask, told the girl to take an unknown quantity of pills, officials said. After swallowing the pills, the girl ran to a nearby home, where the homeowner contacted police.
The girl, who was taken to WakeMed, was expected to be released early Tuesday, officials said.
"Police officials do not believe the episode is related to previous incidents involving strangers attempting to lure young children," town officials said in a statement.
Monday’s incident comes one day after two white men in a gray or silver work van tried to coax a young girl into their vehicle. The incident happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. in the Northampton subdivision, near the 6300 block of Ridgemount Street.
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.
Kimberly Ramos, whose daughter was involved in Sunday’s encounter, said the incident involving her daughter wouldn’t be the last in the town.
"We as a community and as parents just (have to) be vigilant about guarding our kids and not taking for granted ... because it looks like a safe neighborhood," she said Sunday.