Police: Pleasanton boy approached by stranger in suspicious incident

Man tried to give child a ride Tuesday, police say

An 11-year-old boy was approached by a stranger while walking home Tuesday evening in what Pleasanton police are calling a suspicious incident.

The boy was walking home from a friend's house on Canelli Court to his residence on Palomino Drive shortly after 7 p.m. when a dark colored, four-door van pulled up alongside him on Concord Street, according to Crime Prevention Community Service Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker.

A white man, described as being between the ages of 50 and 55 with an unshaven face, told the boy his mother was in the hospital and that she had asked him to give the child a ride there, police said.

The boy then ran 100 yards to his house and immediately told his mother, who called police, Revel-Whitaker said.

The van, possibly a Chevy, was last seen traveling east on Palomino Drive from Concord Street. Police checked the area but could not find the suspicious man or vehicle. There is no further description of either at this time, and police say this is the only occurrence that has been reported to them.

This type of incident is unusual for Pleasanton, Revel-Whitaker said, adding that the boy did "remarkable work" in getting to a safe place quickly and immediately reporting what happened to a trusted adult.

Police also advised adults to ask children to check in upon going from one place to another; to encourage travel in groups, have kids put away headphones and electronics while walking, and confirm they know their friend's address and how to get there.

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