MODESTO, CA - A disturbing incident for a Modesto boy as he walked to school Friday morning.
Modesto police say the 13 year old was walking near East Morris Avenue and Castle Street toward his bus stop at about 8:30 a.m. when a man in a white Volkswagen van pulled up alongside him. The boy told officers the man offered him a ride and when he didn't say anything, the man ordered him to "get in the car". The boy ran home to tell his parents who called police.
The boy described the man behind the wheel as white, in his 30s, with brown hair and a brown goatee. He said the VW van had black or brown trim.
Anyone who witnessed the encounter or knows something about the man and/or VW van, was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" along with your message.
Meantime, police, as always, urged parents to remind their children to not talk to strangers and immediately run to safety if something similar happens to them.