Troy police looking into ‘stranger danger’ incidents

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Troy — Police are checking out two possible “stranger danger” incidents that occurred recently in the city.

In both cases, a man in a vehicle drove up to boys walking home from school and asked them if they wanted a ride home. Police said the man left without further incident after the boys declined his offer.

The first offer occurred on Sept. 8 at about 5 p.m. in an area near Wattles and John R. A 14-year-old boy told authorities that a man in a tan, four-door Chevrolet, or GMC, followed him and then pulled up and offered the boy a ride.

The man, described as a white male in his 50s, balding and wearing glasses, left when the boy ignored him.

On Sept. 11, two 12-year-old boys were approached by a man driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu in the area of Tallman and Thurber. He offered the boys a ride but drove off when they declined the offer.

He was described as a white male in his 50s, balding and having a mustache and goatee. At this point police aren’t sure if the same man was involved in both incidents.

Police are in the process of obtaining sketches of the subjects and will also provide extra patrols in the areas where the incidents occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Troy Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (248) 524-0777.

(313) 222-2023