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Racine Police: Man tried luring children to car three times

Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 23:21:48-05

RACINE, Wis. — Racine Police put parents and students on alert after there were three separate cases this week of child enticement.

Each time witnesses gave a similar description of the man and his car. The girls were all approached as they were walking to their school or bus stop. Each time the students got away.

The first happened Tuesday morning as a student was walking toward Horlick High School.

"It was a shocker to me," said Kamira Cotton who's son goes to Horlick.

The student told police that a thin black man with short hair, a light to medium complexion and a beard driving a black sedan approached her. He asked her name and age as she was cutting through the old Pick 'N Save lot.

The student ran into the school and got help. A little while later it happened again at Albert Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Then again, Wednesday morning, at 12th Street and Harbridge Avenue only this time the man asked the girl if he could drive her to school.

It surprised parents to hear it happened three times in such a short time period.

"It's scary to find out something has happened to your child," said Racine mom Mielisha Carter.

Police say the connection between all three is the man's car. It was described as a beat up, black sedan with a license plate either crooked or hanging off. All the incidents happened in the morning while a student was walking to school or a bus stop by themselves. It has parents taking extra precautions.

"I see kids walking up the street over here all the time so I definitely will be keeping an eye out now especially when you have someone luring kids into their van or car," said Carter.

Anyone with more information about the case are asked to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756 or Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330.