Parents & Son Thwart Potential Abduction; HCSO Tells Residents BOLO

Haralson County Sheriff Eddie Mixon says his office is looking into the circumstances surrounding an unknown man attempting to lure a child toward his older model van. 
According to Mixon, the incident occurred on Tuesday, March 26, around 5 pm at a residence on Windom Road near Tallapoosa.  The complainant told Mixon’s Deputy that an older man with bushy gray hair pulled his van into the drive way, then called to the child to get his attention and asked him to come to the van. 
“Fortunately, the child’s father was working in the yard and heard his child call for help,” Mixon said. “In addition to the description provided by the father the efforts to locate the man are being further aided by the fact that the property owner has a camera installed at the home.  Footage recorded during the incident has been provided to the Sheriff’s Office.” 
There have been reports of a similar incident in the Temple area.  Authorities are looking into whether or not the person involved in the Temple incident is in fact the same person who was involved in he Tallapoosa case. 
“This young man did exactly the right thing when he was approached by this stranger, he began moving away and calling for help,” Mixon added. “With warm weather coming our children are playing outside more and it is a good time for parents to spend a few minutes educating their children on what to do in situations such as these.” 
The Sheriff’s Office provided the following tips:

•           Know where your children are at all times. Make it a rule that your children must ask permission or check in with you before going anywhere. Give your children your work and cell phone numbers so they can reach you at all times.
•           Point out safe places. Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take, and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
•           Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult.
•           Teach your children to be assertive. Make sure they know that it’s okay to say no to an adult and to run away from adults in dangerous situations.
•            Encourage your children to play with others. There’s safety in numbers!
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Location : Haralson County
People : Eddie Mixon