SHELBYVILLE, IN- The Shelbyville Police Department is investigating an attempted abduction near a bus stop after it was reported a man tried to get a middle school boy to come with him Friday morning.
An officer working security at Shelbyville Middle School was contacted after a 13-year-old boy reported he was approached near a bus stop at 3rd and State streets around 7:50 a.m. According to the police report, the boy said he was approached by a man who yelled “Hey, you come here!”
Witnesses said the man appeared to be in his 40’s. He was also described as being 5-foot-8-inches tall and 200 lbs.
Fox59 spoke with the mother of one of the students who was approached by the man. She did not want to be identified. She said her son was walking from her home to his grandfather’s home at the time.
“He left here and he went to my father’s house and it happened. Like I said, he told my father what had happened,” the worried mother said.
“My son just stated that a man, when he was walking over, that a man hollered at him and told him to come here and used his arms to wave him to come (over).”
Her son did not listen to the man. He continued walking to his grandfather’s home.
“My grandson came over from the next street over and I usually take him over to the middle school, every morning. He (came into) the house and he told me that there was a guy across (on) State street, waving, ‘Come over here,'” the boy’s grandfather said.
The boy’s grandfather also did not want to be identified. He said he walked outside and noticed the man, walking north on State Street.
“I yelled at him, ‘Can I help you with something?’ and he said ‘No’ and just took off walking north on State Street. Then, that’s the last (time I saw) him,” the boy’s grandfather said.
Detectives are still searching for the suspect. They said the same man approached a second 13-year-old boy near that same bus stop.
Authorities commended the students for refusing to respond to the unknown man.
If you have any information about the case, contact the Shelbyille Police Department at (317) 392-2511.
The boy’s mother told Fox59 that Shelbyville Central Schools issued text messages and emails to parents, alerting them about what happened. The school system confirms they alerted parents about the incident.
“I instantly wanted to go get him and squeeze him. It scared me half to death and it made me very nervous for all of the other children,” the boy’s mother said.
Police said they regularly patrol school bus stops and will continue to do so.