The Southington Police Department is on high alert after an 11-year-old child was allegedly approached by a person in an SUV.
The incident happened just after it got dark on Deckert Drive on Sunday night. The boy and his friend are OK, but these stranger scares seem to be happening more and more.
“He like, pulled over on the side of the road,” Aidan Petrosino said.
Aidan Petrosino told police he was approached by a black BMW SUV around 7 p.m. Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the child who and with others who say it's happened to them as well.
“He opened up the door and he told us to stop where we were,” Petrosino said.
Petrosino said he didn't stop and in fact, once he got home, he told his mother.
They went to police, however, in the police report, the driver description was a “woman.” On Monday, Aidan Petrosino told Eyewitness News it was a man. As police are still sorting through those details, it comes at a scary time for parents.
In Bridgeport, 38-year-old Towanna Randall, was arrested. She was accused of attempting to abduct and assault a 17-year-old. In a dramatic escape, the teen went tumbling out of Randall's moving car.
“It's a lot of men, but now it doesn't really matter, it seems like,” Southington parent Holly Boucher said.
Boucher spent the day watching her son and three nephews over at Rec Park. It was a few streets from where Sunday's incident happened. Boucher said she was shocked to hear her boys had similar encounters.
“These kids are everything and for that to happen around here, it's very disturbing,” Boucher said.
For the family, who may have had it happen Sunday night, they said years of lectures and reinforcements paid off.
“He handled it right last night,” Grandfather John Guida said. “He left, he didn't stick around, he didn't get in the car, listen to the person. He just left.”
Petrosino said he leaves his friends with his simple advice that may have kept him safe last night.
“Don't talk to other strangers that you don't know,” Petrosino said.
Police are still investigating, but have put extra patrols out in that area. If you know anything, you're urged to call Southington Police Department at 860-378-1600
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