CMPD warns parents of stranger approaching children, attempting to “give money”


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CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is warning the community of a stranger who is apparently approaching children on the street and attempting to “give them money.” 

The first incident was reported on Saturday, March at 3:07 p.m. in the 4200 block of Hammett Street. 

According to the 911 caller, the driver of a white truck approached their children the day before, on Friday, at a bus stop and attempted to give them cash. 

The caller further advised that the same strange man had just driven into their neighborhood and attempted to give children money again. 

The driver has been described as a black male, about 30-years-old, with dreads, police said. The driver and vehicle have not yet been located or identified, however police said no crime has technically been committed. CMPD said they just want to make the community aware of these incidents. 

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. 

CMPD said ‘please instruct your children with these safety tips’: 

  • Instruct your child to never take a ride from any strangers even if the person says that they are there to pick them up because their mom or dad sent them.
  • Instruct your child on how to contact the Police Department, Fire Department or Ambulance by dialing 911 and how to contact a known family member or responsible trustworthy neighbor or adult should an emergency arise.
  • Check your child’s route to and from school. Call attention to any dangerous spots such as vacant lots, alleyways, etc. Advise them what to do if a strange person follows or approaches them.
  • Instruct your child’s school to notify you immediately if your child is absent. Inform the principal who is authorized to pick your child up from school. Try to have the same person pick your child up every day when possible.
  • Choose a secret code word to use with your child in case of an emergency. Tell your child never to go with anyone who does not know this code word.
  • Advise your child what to do if they feel lost.  Help them to identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting them with you or other caregiver. Examples of safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a nametag, person with a nametag who is working at the information booth.

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