Three young teens hanging out in Warwick City Park on a Friday evening seems normal and it is for most kids, but this time a 13-year-old boy told NBC 10 he was approached by a man in a van who tried to lure him inside.
The boy's mother tells of the ordeal which happened at about 5:30 Friday night, she asked NBC 10 not to identify her and to disguise her voice to protect her child's identity.
"I was scared. I was petrified for my child. I cried because it could have been a different outcome."
But it wasn't her son heeded the advice all of us have been given when it comes to strangers, and this was a textbook scenario as the man pulled up to the boy in a van asking if he had seen his cat. The boy said no, the man asked if he wanted candy, the boy again said no, then frustrated the man said "get in the van," and that's when the boy and his two friends ran.
The boy's mom told NBC 10 that she was "very proud of him, he did the right thing; took off the other way and ran to his friends the other way. When the man said 'get in the vehicle,' my son ran in the opposite direction, took off."
The boy describes the vehicle as a gray/silver minivan. He also told NBC 10 that the driver was a white male, early to mid thirties with a full beard. His hair is orange/brown in color.
Communication with her son was a key factor in the outcome according to the boy's mother, "just have a talk with your kids. If anyone approaches you, for any reason whatsoever that you don't know. Don't talk to them, just run. It could've been a horrible outcome. To sit there last night and think about it over and over, it could've been a much worse outcome."
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