West Hartford police search for man who approached child getting off school bus

Man approaches student in West Hartford
Published: Feb. 3, 2023 at 2:30 PM EST
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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – West Hartford police are searching for a man who told a child to get in his car after they got off the school bus Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said it happened around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Kirkwood Road and Bainton Road.

The man, who police described as an older male with gray hair, rolled down his window and told the child to “get in.”

He was driving a blue sedan, said police.

The child then ran to a nearby home where the homeowner called her parents and police, authorities said.

Police said the child was not harmed.

“As part of the investigation, the area was canvassed for video surveillance cameras that may have captured portions of the incident,” police said.

Anyone with video footage of the incident is asked to notify West Hartford police.

Officials said the neighborhood will have an increased police presence during school pick up and drop off times.

West Hartford police are working with West Hartford Public Schools in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203.