Pittsfield Police: Driver attempts to lure child in van while walking to school

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) — Police are investigating a report of a man allegedly attempting to lure a child into a van in Pittsfield as she was on her way to school.

Officials said just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, a girl on her way to Reid Middle School was on Linden Street when a blue van pulled over and the male driver started talking to her.

The girl said she went to a Mobil gas station on North Street and told the clerk to call police. Police said they located the blue van.

One parent, David Stasiewski, said his son would sometimes walk home and pass by Linden Street; however, he did not on Wednesday.

“I was scared. It’s pretty crazy what’s going on,” he said. “He actually walked down Linden Street on the way home and whatnot, but he’s being picked up as well. You just can’t trust anybody.”

Police said the girl did the right thing by running for help and having the cashier call 911. Authorities said a second student reported a related incident at school later that morning.

Barbara Marauszwki is also a parent. She makes sure her children know what to do if something similar were to happen to them.

“They are to call 911, or they are to run to an adult closest to them; a house,” she said.

Increased patrols were seen at the middle school on Wednesday due to the incident. Pittsfield School Superintendent Jason McCandless left all parents of children in the school district a phone message.

“Over the recent months, they’ve amped up a lot of patrols around here for different things – a lot of shootings; stuff like that,” Stasiewski said.

Parents said they’re going to keep an extra eye on their children until police find the person responsible.

“Nobody’s going to rest until they catch them,” Marauszwski said.

Police said the girl is safe, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at (413) 448-9705.

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