Man used candy to try to lure teen into van, police say
GASTONIA, N.C. — Police say a man tried to lure a child into his van Tuesday afternoon with candy.
According to WSOC, the 14-year-old girl was shaking and could barely talk when she knocked on a neighbor’s door for help.
The neighbor, Joe Buckley, told WSOC that the van followed the school bus down West Poplar Street and stopped when the bus stopped near the girl’s home.
He was wearing a mask and dark gloves.
The girl said the men held out a purple bowl full of candy and offered it to her. Police believe he was trying to lure her into his vehicle.
She immediately turned around and ran, and saw him drive off in a hurry.
Police say the girl could tell the man was a white male and that he was driving a black or dark blue Chevy Silverado with some gray mixed in. There was a work ladder attached to the back of the truck.