Written by MARK JAEGER
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:54
Area parents alerted following incident, which is similar to Plymouth case
Law-enforcement authorities in two counties are looking for a man who attempted to lure several girls into his vehicle last week with promises of money.
According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the man drove up to two girls, 16 and 17, on Fredonia Avenue near the Fredonia Government Center on Monday evening, Dec. 22, and offered them money if they came into his vehicle.
Authorities said the man told the girls he had just won the lottery and was looking to start a new life.
According to the incident report, the girls told the man several times they weren’t going with him.
Authorities said the driver made no attempt to grab the girls when they refused to get into the vehicle.
The man was described as being approximately 50, of medium build with brown facial hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and a tan baseball cap.
Authorities said the man was driving a black truck or SUV.
A similar incident was reported earlier in the day in Plymouth.
The sheriff’s department is working with the Plymouth Police Department in the investigation.
The Northern Ozaukee and Port Washington-Saukville school districts issued alerts to parents last week, warning them of the incident.
Northern Ozaukee Supt. Blake Peuse said the reaction of the Fredonia girls was praise worthy.
“I am very proud of how the young ladies handled this potentially dangerous situation,” Peuse said.
“We stress to our students to watch out for ‘stranger danger’ and to never engage with someone who they are not completely familiar with and by reporting this kind of scenario to their parents, and ultimately to law enforcement. These young ladies handled this well and should be commended on setting a great example of how to handle an incident of this magnitude.”
The sheriff’s department is asking anyone with information about the matter to contact them.