Authorities are investigating a report of suspicious activity near Wyndmere School.
A young girl said she was approached by an unknown male as she was riding her bike to school Friday morning. She said the male drove up to her and asked her if she wanted a ride.
The man was described by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office as being in his 70s with grey hair and a goatee. The student had never seen the man before, said a press release. He was driving a dark blue two-door car, possibly a mid-90s model.
Deputy Dan Metzger said the Sheriff’s Office immediately contacted the other schools in the county, notifying them of the suspicious activity.
He offered some tips to parents on how to talk to their children about strangers:
• Don’t take anything from someone you don’t know
• Don’t accept rides from someone you don’t know
• If someone does try to grab you, run away and holler, “fire,” he said.
“When people yell fire, most people immediately stop what they are doing and look at what is going on,” he said. “We also ask parents and children to tell law enforcement if they are approached by strangers.”
Metzger said the suspicious activity was limited to Wyndmere, with no other reports of strangers approaching children in other cities throughout the county. As this is an ongoing investigation, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding this individual or the suspect vehicle to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 701-642-7777.