Suspect Search After Attempted Luring of 12-Year-Old Boy

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio--Police in Fairlawn are investigating the attempted luring of a 12-year-old boy.

Investigators said the middle school student got off the school bus at Shelley Lynn Dr. and Morewood Rd. around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, when a man drove up to him.

The boy told police the man ordered him to ‘get in the car.’ The boy said no and kept walking, but the man persisted.

The child said the man followed him in his SUV and asked him where he lived and also asked him his name; the boy ran home and his parents called the police.

Copley-Fairlawn Schools Superintendent Brian Poe was also notified and issued an emergency phone message blast to parents to warn them of the incident.

“We take all child enticement reports and attempted lurings very seriously,” said Mr. Poe.

The boy described the suspect as being a white man in his 30s, with blonde hair and a mustache; he was also wearing glasses and spoke with a foreign accent.

The child said he was driving a white Mercedes SUV with “shiny wheels” and it didn’t have a front license plate.

Parents who live nearby were upset to learn of the child luring investigation, but also grateful to have such a detailed description of the suspect.

“I think that’s outstanding that the boy was able to have mind enough to remember that and be able to describe that to police,” said Mike Lillis.

Families are being encouraged to review stranger danger safety steps with their children and to keep an extra eye out for anything suspicious.

Anyone with information on the suspect or SUV is asked to call Fairlawn police at (330) 666-8871.

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