A 12-year-old boy said a man he didn’t know tried to pick him up on his way home Tuesday. 

Police increase school bus stop patrols after reported abduction attempt

Police in Canton are increasing patrols around neighborhood bus stops after a 12-year-old boy said he was approached by a stranger in a car. 

A long-haired man in a newer-model, black sedan approached the boy about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in his Summer Walk subdivision on Fate Conn Road, Canton police spokesman Pacer Cordry said.

The man told the boy his mother was sick in the hospital and she sent “them” to pick the boy up, Cordry said. 

Because the car’s windows were tinted, the boy told police he didn’t know if any passengers were inside.

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The boy had just spoken with his mother by phone and he knew she was at home, Cordry said.

Investigators are looking through surveillance video to find out more about the reported abduction attempt, Cordry said.

Parents are reminded to talk to children about “stranger danger” and tell them it is OK to say no to an adult when they don’t feel comfortable. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police Department at 770-720-4883 or call 911.

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