Police searching for driver approaching children

Posted at 11:05 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 23:05:00-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich– Kalamazoo Public Safety is investigating two reports of a man in a pickup truck approaching children, asking them if they want a ride.

The first incident was reported around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30. In that case, investigators say a girl was walking on Oakland Drive when a man in a red pickup approached her and asked if she wanted a ride. Police say the girl declined and ran home.

The second incident was reported on Wednesday, December 7. Around 6:40 in the morning, a young boy in the Winchell area was approached by what is believed to be the same driver. In that case, the boy ran off as well.

Investigators say in both incidents, the driver never attempted to grab the children or entice them to get them into his vehicle.

Following those reports, investigators have increased patrols around bus stops in the area. Police are also encouraging students to walk in groups or with adults to deter any suspicious behavior.

The man’s vehicle is described as a red pickup truck with rust on the front wheel well. Investigators say the truck also appears to have newer wheels on it, as well as a lion mural in the back window.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100