According to the Manlius Police Department, a young girl was walking home from school about 3 p.m. March 31 when she was approached by a stranger who offered her a ride. The girl refused the offer and arrived home safely. This incident occurred along Glen Eagle Drive in the town of Manlius.
The driver is described as a white male, between 40 and 50 years old, with a closely cut beard. The car was a late model four-door sedan, maroon/red in color with tinted rear windows and mud on the back fender.
The Manlius Police Department is investigating the matter and is asking anyone with information to contact them at 682-2212.
The following day, Enders Road Elementary School Principal Deborah L. Capri sent a note home to parents warning them of this occurence.
In Capri's note, she said there were three middle school students involved. The suspect tried repeatedly to convince the girls to enter his car so he could give them a ride home, but the girls refused and ran away from the car.
The Manlius police are providing extra surveillance in the area, Capri said, and are checking cars of the above description.
"We are heightening security at Enders Road by asking all unfamiliar individuals who pick up students to provide identification," she said.
As a reminder, Capri said students walking or riding their bikes to and from school should use all necessary safety precautions: travel in pairs or groups and never speak to or accept rides from strangers. These same rules apply while playing outside in neighborhoods, she said.