Man Tried to Lure Kids with Candy, Police Say

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LORAIN, Ohio — Police believe a child predator is on the loose in Lorain and trying to lure kids with candy.

He’s tried to lure young boys with candy two times this week – both times the kids got away.

“He’s scared. He didn’t want to go to school today,” said Songa Zakowski, the grandmother of one of the victims.

Her 10-year-old grandson got away, but he’s now haunted by the man in the car.

“He’s just like petrified. He’s afraid that he’s going to come to the house and do something,” Zakowski said.

The first incident happened on G St. and Fillmore Ave. on Tuesday morning.

Police said a nine-year-old boy was waiting for the school bus on the corner when a man drove up and offered him candy, but another car happened to drive by and scared the man off.

Wednesday morning police believe the man tried again on the corner of Euclid Ave. and McKinley St.

Zakowski’s grandson was waiting on the corner for the bus, when the man drove up and offered him candy, but the boy got scared and ran off.

“Jumped the fence and hid behind some bushes until he left,” Zakowski said.

What’s even more frightening is the boy said he saw a handgun on the dashboard.

Lorain police said the boys gave slightly different descriptions of the man, but they believe it’s the same person.

He is described as a white man, possibly in his 40s with dark hair, who may have a red goatee.

One time he was driving a beige car, similar to a Ford Taurus.

Wednesday, he was in a white car with a dark roof, which may have had patches of red or brown on it.

Parents and grandparents are seriously concerned.

“It’s not like it used to be. You used to be able to go anywhere in the neighborhoods. Now you can’t,” Kathleen Barker said.

“This is not the first child for this to happen to so I hope they catch him,” Zakowski said.

“I’d probably go after him. Ain’t no telling what I’d do,” Angie Seymore said.

Some parents said they won’t let their kids wait for the bus without an adult while this guy is on the loose.

Police said they are doing extra patrols in the area.

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