Man Who Approached Child Was Family Friend

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 3:36 PM EDT
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Man Who Approached Child Was Family Friend

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Police are looking for the man who approached a child at a bus stop in New London yesterday.

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Police are no longer looking for the person who approached a child at a bus stop in New London on Thursday morning.

After investigating, police determined that the person who approached the child was actually a family friend.

The people who reported it overheard the conversation thought it was suspicious and called police, police said.

However, police are continuing to investigate two incidents that happened earlier this month.  The two incidents are similar and police have increased patrols during school bus pick up and drop off times, police said.

On Monday, Sept. 9, a man approached a 13-year-girl as she waited at the bus stop at Montauk Avenue and Mitchell Court at 6:40 a.m. and offered her money to go with him, according to police.

If you have information about the incident, call the New London Police Department at (860) 447-5269.

Police ask residents to be aware of your surroundings and remind your children about safety. 

They offered the following tips to relay to your children:

  • Never respond to strangers when they are alone.
  • Stay with their friends.
  • Report suspicious incidents to trusting adults.
  • Never accept gifts/food/candy.
  • Never accept rides.
  • Be alert to similar incidents, especially in areas that have been identified.
  • Never go with anyone without parent or guardian permission.
  • Always tell someone where they are going.

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