Police plan extra patrols after reported abduction attempt
"We always err on the side of caution," Chief Jerry Schuetz said.
The incident happened Monday afternoon, and the boy's family told Northside Intermediate School officials and police about it Tuesday morning, Schuetz said.
According to news releases from the school district and police:
The boy reported that a black or dark-blue full-size van was parked near the front of 33 Northside Drive, near the school, at about 4 p.m. Monday.
The boy said a black man between 20 and 30 years old with glasses slid over to the passenger seat and asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy said, "No," and the man said, "Come on" several times. When the boy said he was going to a relative's home, the man said, "I can get you there quicker."
The man then rolled down the rear window of the van, revealing a boy the reporting child described as white and 6 or 7 years old. The man said the boy in the vehicle was his son.
When the boy continued to say, "No," and walked away, the van did a U-turn and proceeded north on Northside Drive, the boy said.
The boy's story was consistent and detailed, Schuetz said.
"The detail and the credibility of this student remains intact until our investigation would suggest differently," he said.
Police are using every resource available to them to identify the man and learn his intentions, Schuetz said. They have not received any similar reports and have no indication where the man might be from, he said.
"Any time these incidents are reported, you have to look at all possible outcomes," he said. "That could include a misunderstanding all the way up through a possible abduction."
Northside doesn't plan to change its pickup or drop-off policies, Principal Sarah Stuckey said. The school alerted staff of the incident.
"We, of course, will be very vigilant for a period of time until we can find out what's going on," she said.
Staff did not tell students about the incident, choosing instead to let parents talk to their children about it, she said. The district sent a message through its automated phone system to alert parents of the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the Milton Police Department at (608) 868-6910 or the Rock County Communications Center at (608) 757-2244.