Wyandotte stranger danger: Man asks girl to get in his car, threatens her family

Posted at 9:55 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 05:11:09-04

There's an alert for parents in Wyandotte after a stranger danger incident near Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 1275 15th St.

Teachers sent a note home with parents and posted to their Facebook page about the incident. 

It happened before the start of school on Monday morning.  

According to school officials, a man approached a girl walking to school near 17th and Goddard. The man asked her if she ‘wanted a ride to school’  she said no and kept walking.  

The man threatened to hurt the girl’s loved ones if she didn’t get in the car, but she kept walking and made it to school.

Administrators want parents and neighbors to be on the lookout and they want students to be prepared and act appropriately if someone approaches them. They recommend students walk in pairs and use the buddy system.  

They also are urging students to run away if they’re approached and to do everything possible if they’re grabbed, including yelling loudly for help.

Neighbors are stunned to hear about the incident.

Bart Jeanette has lived right across from where the incident happened at 17th and Goddard for the last 29 years. 

"Surprising, it's a good neighborhood, there's a lot of foot traffic up and down Goddard, but everybody watches out for everybody,” said Jeanette.

He said he will be on the lookout in the days to come. 

"There are a lot of kids in the area, the school is just two blocks away, you try and keep an eye out for everybody,” said Jeanette.

There is no clear description of the man, but it’s believed he was driving a red Mercury Milan.  

If you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood call Wyandotte Police at (734) 324-4405.