June 28, 2016


Man in minivan approaches kids in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick teenager and two children she was babysitting were approached by a man in a white van last week, prompting Brunswick police to step up patrols in the Faulkner Boulevard neighborhood.

According to a police report, the 14-year-old girl was walking down the street with the two children, who also live on the street.

The girl told her parents she was approached by a man in white minivan, who told her he was “supposed to give them a ride.”

The girls also said the man told the younger children that he had fun activities planned for them.

The 14-year-old ignored the man and continued walking the children home.

The girl said she was concerned the van remained in the neighborhood for about 10 to 15 minutes more after the encounter.

Faulkner Boulevard is a dead-end street with six cul-de-sacs extending from it.

The girl told her parents about the incident when they returned home from work, and police were contacted about two hours after she first saw the man.

The girl told police she had never seen the man before. According to the police report, she described the man as black and in his 30s or 40s.

Officers were unable to locate the minivan.

The report said officers would increase patrols in the neighborhood.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.