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Wake Forest: Man offers girl pills; incident is 6th of 'stranger danger'

Posted January 26, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015

— 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.


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  • venomous Jan 28, 2015

    After swallowing the pills, the girl ran to a nearby home? I can't believe someone's that dumb to take something they don't know from a stranger,no one didn't teach her never take anything from a stranger I guess. They never said what kind of pills was it.Something is missing cause it don't make sense.

  • Stacy Stowe Jan 27, 2015
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    I agree, this one feels off.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 27, 2015

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    Don't let them grow up to be child molesters.

    (That *is* where you were going with your comment, right?)

  • Jay Bettis Jan 27, 2015
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    I hate to say it but this article is poorly written.

  • Janene DiPierro Jan 27, 2015
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    I don't know... something doesn't appear right. This is the only one that says " A man made her take pills" all the others there were two men and they were talking about a kitten .... just not sure on this one right now. But I do pray for her well being as well as the others.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 27, 2015
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  • Terry Lightfoot Jan 27, 2015
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    somehow, he must have been persausive , if it is true she actually swallowed the pills....kinda of takes the shine off of Tina Fey's reference to Cosby..." I made the people take the pills" ..this is so wrong on many levels.

  • moomoo Jan 27, 2015

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    Easily could have been Topeka , Kansas.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 27, 2015
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    odd that someone would force her to take a bunch of pills and then just let her run off....what was the point? Headline should not indicate she was "offered" pills if she was forced to take them.

  • moomoo Jan 27, 2015

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    Actually, unless you can give a source for your data, you are lying.