BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police on Tuesday warned parents after receiving reports of two alleged child abduction attempts within the past month.
The first incident allegedly occurred on Sept. 12, but was not reported until Friday, Oct. 4. The initial report was that a 9-year-old boy walking in the area of Columbia Avenue and McKeen Street had been approached at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, by two men in a Dodge Ram. The two men supposedly told the boy to get into the vehicle, which caused him to run away.
Further police investigation into the Sept. 12 incident revealed that the vehicle was a silver Dodge Charger and that the vehicle’s occupants were two teenage boys who reportedly yelled “get in the car” as they drove past the 9-year-old. The vehicle did not stop or slow down and “the young boy continued to walk home without incident,” according to a Brunswick Police Department news release.
“There was no physical or verbal contact at the time between the boy and anyone in the car,” the police release states.
A second possible attempted abduction occurred Saturday, Oct. 5, and was reported Monday, Oct. 7. This incident allegedly involved two men in a pickup truck approaching an 8-year-old girl on Columbia Avenue. They allegedly offered her candy if she would help them search for a missing dog.
“The driver reportedly drove off without incident when the girl declined the offer,” the police release states. “The incident was not reported until Monday morning, when the young girl advised a teacher.”
The two men were described as being in their 30s or 40s. The driver reportedly had tattoos on his arms and a pierced eyebrow.
Brunswick police increased patrols in the area of the alleged incidents.
“We encourage all parents and school staff to use this opportunity to speak with their children and students about personal safety,” the police release states.
Police urge anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in Brunswick to call 725-5521.