Arlington mom warns others after man attempts to abduct kids

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ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. -- Arlington Police issued a warning for parents in a North Arlington neighborhood after a man tried to lure three kids into his truck.

The incident happened off North 30th Street.

"So we were fortunate, but maybe the next person wouldn’t be," the mother of one of the children, who didn’t want to use her name, said.

This mother said she was grateful because her son knew exactly what to do when a man in a truck approached him and asked him to get in.

“He was very scared and he said, ‘Mom, I remember you telling me stranger danger.’

It was daylight Tuesday evening in a Yorktown neighborhood which sits across the street from a high school, and less than a mile away from four other schools.

“The kids were playing hide and seek in the neighborhood, and two of the girls ran to the bottom of the street,” explained the mother.

The kids say a man asked them to get in his truck, but they ran to safety. A few minutes later, it happened to her son.

“The same man in the same pickup truck tried to motion him to get into the car and said if you get in, I can get you home quicker.”

Police say the man was driving an older model navy blue pickup truck. He is described as Hispanic, 40 to 50 years old with medium length hair.

“It was very disconcerting that it was at a school with lots of people around, school buses,” said the mother.

The mother hopes police can access security cameras from the school to get a better description of the man.

“I feel like there’s a lot of people tonight at the dinner table talking about what you should do if that happens to them. We’re just not going to stand for anything like that in this area,” she said.

If you have any information about this case, you’re asked to call the Arlington County Police Department at 703.558.2222.