Whitestown police issue warning after attempted abduction

WHITESTOWN, Ind. – Officers with the Whitestown Police Department are warning parents after a report of an attempted abduction in the Clark Meadows neighborhood at Anson.

Police reported the incident occurred around 7:07 p.m. on Wednesday, in The Manors at Clark Meadows.

Police say they’re looking for a white utility van with green decals on the side. The van was occupied by a white male in his mid-30s. He has brown hair and a brown mustache. Photos released by Whitestown police can be seen below.

Police dispatched officers to the area quickly after the incident was reported, but they were unable to find the suspect. They’re asking everyone who has security cameras in the area to review the footage from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Police said the child was prepared to handle the situation and stayed avoided any danger.

“There was no physical confrontation,” said Dennis Anderson, the chief for the Whitestown Police Department. “The child never got close enough for that to happen. So, obviously he had been taught stranger danger.”

CBS4 was able to reach the mother of the child. She was still upset about her son going through the experience and said her son still hadn’t talked to her directly about what took place.

“It makes me feel proud as a mom,” said Kristen Hess. “This is something I’ve talked to them about for a long time.”

Hess said she didn’t plan on changing any rules for what her children will be allowed to do in the neighborhood because her son did everything right.

Please call the dispatch center at 765-482-1412, option 8, or the administration office at 317-732-4550 if you see a van similar to the one described.

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