Burlington police searching for man who allegedly tried to lure young boy into car

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington police are looking for a man that possibly tried to lure a child into his truck Tuesday afternoon as he was walking home from a school bus stop off of University Drive.

"I don't think he realizes how serious it is," the boy's stepmother told FOX8. "We are just overwhelmed with worry."

The stepmother asked FOX8 not to use her name, as she wants to protect the child's identity.

She explained that her 11-year-old arrived home, and told her that a man in a truck started asking him question.

"The man asked him if he needed a ride home, and he said no," the stepmother said. "Then the guy said 'Well don't you need some help with your homework before your parents get home?', and then the guy said 'Come on man, just get in the car."

The boy said he then ran away, and the truck left toward University Drive.

Police describe the suspect vehicle as a late 1990s or early 2000s model Chevrolet Silverado, silver in color, with two doors. The man driving it is described as a man in his 30s with dark hair, a goatee and a black baseball cap with a gray American flag print on the front.

"I hope that this person is caught," the stepmother said. "And I'm so glad that [my child] was able to give such a great description of what the man looked like. Makes me feel a little bit better that the police know who to look for."

No one was injured during the incident and no other similar calls for service have been reported.

The Alamance-Burlington School System notified parents of the incident via email and automated phone messaging system. ABSS also reminded students of safety protocol in similar incidents during its afternoon announcements.

The Burlington Police Department said it is stepping up patrols around school bus stops. They are requesting assistance in attempting to identify the individual described above. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or anonymously to Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.

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