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Police investigate after strangers allegedly offered ride to youth at Town Common

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Featured: News, News, Police & Fire

Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett announced late Tuesday night that the Police Department was investigating an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon at the Town Common.

Following are details from the press release:

Around 2:40 p.m., Hopkinton Police responded to a call by a woman who said her child was offered a ride home by two Hispanic females who were traveling in a white vehicle, possibly a Toyota RAV-4. UPDATE: A press release Wednesday indicated the vehicle now is believed to be a 2018-2021 white Lexus NX.

The child, who was taught by their mother to not speak with strangers, ran away and rejoined their friends.

Parents are reminded that they should tell her children to not engage with strangers who randomly offer rides or treats, or who ask them to keep a secret. According to kidshealth.org, instruct your child to step away from the situation, yell “No!” and leave the area immediately. They should tell a trusted adult, like a parent, child-care worker or teacher, what happened.

Police are seeking any footage or photographs from the area around the time of the incident. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Gregg DeBoer at 508-497-3401.

Suspicious vehicle

Police shared this photo of a vehicle next to the Town Common.

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