Stranger approaches student after school

Published 08/29 2013 10:44PM

Updated 08/30 2013 10:37AM

 CHAMPAIGN -- Parents are on alert after a stranger approached a student after school. School leaders say a man drove up to a student and asked if he needed a ride.

The student was walking near South Side Elementary in the 700-block of South Pine Street Wednesday.

A man drove up beside the student and asked if he needed a ride. The student didn't know the man, said "no" and ran away. District officials heard about the incident Thursday.

Right away they sent a letter home to parents warning them the suspect is still out there. Meanwhile, neighbors are keeping an eye out too.

"I'm surprised it would be in this area, but wherever there's a school, there are people that will try to be predators. I'm sorry to hear this person is still at-large. I hope they catch them," says Joyce Meyer.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a black Mitsubishi with tinted windows. There's also a Romney sticker in the back passenger window.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40's. He was wearing a white athletic shirt with green stripes on the sleeve, and grey shorts with gym shoes.

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