WUFT News

Man Luring Children With ‘$40 And Some Weed’ Still At Large

By and on October 28th, 2013

Several incidents of a white male attempting to lure school-aged children into his vehicle were recently reported in both Alachua and Union Counties.

On Oct. 25, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office posted an update on its Facebook page warning people of the incidents in which a man offered “$40 and some weed” if the children would get into his SUV.

The comments under the original post include parents worried about the safety of their children. Art Forgey, spokesman for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, hopes parents will take the time to talk with their children and make sure they understand stranger safety and why it’s important.

“They need to sit down and talk with their children on a daily basis, not just because we have an incident like this,” he said. “In this day in time, they need to stress safety with their children daily and let them know they can talk to them.”

Alachua County isn’t the only county dealing with incidents like this.

Last week, it was reported that a similar incident occurred in Union County as well, but with a separate vehicle. Forgey said the ASO is working with the surrounding counties in the area to see if there’s any connection between the incidents.

“Our crime analysis unit will start working with all of those agencies, as well as any other agencies from around the state that have had suspicious incidents where juveniles were targeted,” he said. “We can compare notes, compare what they’ve gained, what we’ve gained, and see if something they have or something we have might help identify this person.”

One safety measure the school district utilizes is having resource officers on duty at all elementary, middle and high schools during school hours. Forgey realizes the importance of these officers and is making sure that all officers know about this latest incident.

“They all have received a criminal intelligence bulletin detailing the information we’ve gotten so far as well as some information from surrounding areas so that they can watch for suspicious incidents off campus as well as their time spent on campus,” Forgey said.

To report any information on the incident, call 352-955-1818.


This entry was posted in Crime and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Crime

Police-Youth Picture_Crum

Program Fosters Police-Youth Relationships

The Gainesville Police Department teamed up with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to discuss the relationships between police officers and youths. The Police-Youth Dialogue Program gives police officers and youths an safe outlet to share experiences and misunderstandings.


Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams flips down the cover of the VIEVU camera to expose the lens. The newer cameras will be placed on the wearer’s sunglasses.

Live Oak Police To Receive Body Cameras; Suwannee County Sheriff Resists Plans

While the Live Oak Police Department is getting body cameras for its officers to wear, other agencies in the area aren’t as receptive. Privacy and cost are issues they want to look at.


Charges Against 11-Year-Old For Brother’s Death Dropped

Charges against an 11-year-old girl for the shooting death have been dropped by State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister. Her 15-year-old sister, who police say shot and killed their 16-year-old brother, could still be charged. The girls’ parents are also being investigated.


Letroy Guion was arrested after an 11:03 p.m. traffic stop. Guion played football at Bradford High School and Florida State University before being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Player Arrested in Starke on Marijuana and Gun Charges

Letroy Shelton Guion, Jr., who has played for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, was arrested in his hometown of Starke, according to a media release from Starke Police Department.


The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, located at 9239 S. U.S. Highway 129, announced Friday that residents are encouraged to use its parking lot to meet and complete online transactions.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Becomes Safe Place For Online Sales

Local Craigslist antique seller arranges trade meeting in Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office to ensure safety for both buyer and seller. Ron Mills and the sheriff’s office hope to see more counties adopt the practice in preventing online crime.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments