MCSO reports that the young male was approached while walking home from the bus stop in Lake Tropicana, when a man in a white 1990s model pickup truck pulled up next to him and ordered him to “Get in the truck.” The driver was reported to be a white male approximately in his 40s with a brown jawline beard and medium length curly brown hair. The truck was reported to have camouflage seat covers and a sticker on the back driver’s side window depicting a deer.
The MCSO is asking citizens to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings, especially in Southwest Marion County, and to remind children what to do should they be approached by a stranger. MSCO recommends the method they call “No-Go-Yell-Tell”, meaning they should tell the stranger “No” , run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult about the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call 352-732-9111. For more information on teaching your children about strangers, you can visit the National Crime Prevention Council at http://bit.ly/2ddGewT