A California police department shared a chilling video on Facebook, ahead of spring and summer break, to remind parents to talk to their kids about safety when walking alone in their neighborhoods — no matter what time of day.
After the Vacaville police unit received security footage of a teen being followed in a residential community, midday, they released the clip to the public in an effort to protect children from suspicious behavior.
According to officials, a young lady in Vacaville was being followed by a dark Pontiac when she hid behind a car to get away from an unknown man.
The intentions of the stranger remain unclear, but at the time of the incident, the child was scared when he stopped his car in the middle of the street and started to follow her.
The police department wrote:
We wanted to take a moment to remind parents and youth about some simple safety tips specific to strangers in cars.
Recently a young lady was walking in [a] residential area […] when she noticed a man in a dark colored Pontiac following her. The young lady continued to walk while ignoring the vehicle. As she quickened her pace to get away from the man, he pulled further in front of her and stopped his car in the middle of the street.
Watch the video below:
*Update 4/25/19*Thanks to some tips from our keen-eyed citizens, Vacaville’s Vice Unit was able to identify both the vehicle and the driver (a 24 year-old man from Vacaville) from this video. Today the driver was interviewed and Detectives are now following up on the statement he provided.The investigation is ongoing, but based on the evidence and statements we have gathered at this time, an arrest has not been made. With that being said, we will not be releasing the man’s identity at this time. We do not believe the driver’s intentions in this incident were related to human trafficking. We cannot thank our citizens and followers enough for all their efforts in helping us get to the bottom of this. This is another great example of our community coming together to ensure Vacaville is a safe place for all of us to live. Any information please contact Detective Brian Collins (707) 469-4735. For media inquiries please contact Captain Lydon (707) 449-5236.*Original Post 4/19/19*As we begin spring break in Vacaville we wanted to take a moment to remind parents and youth about some simple safety tips specific to strangers in cars. Please watch out for cars that are following you, never approach strangers sitting in cars and NEVER get into a car with a stranger.Recently a young lady was walking in the residential area near Ulatis Drive and Leisure Town Road when she noticed a man in a dark colored Pontiac following her. The young lady continued to walk while ignoring the vehicle. As she quickened her pace to get away from the man, he pulled further in front of her and stopped his car in the middle of the street. The young lady became scared and hid behind a parked vehicle. The unidentified man drove away briefly, but came back in another attempt to speak to the girl. The young lady continued to use the parked vehicle as a shield and when she saw the man driving away she began running for safety.The man was described as a black male with short, dreadlock hair, approximately 20 years old.While this man’s intentions, innocent or not are unknown to us at this time, we hope someone in our community can help us identify him, or he can contact us so we can talk with him about what happened.Any information please contact Detective Brian Collins (707) 469-4735.
Posted by Vacaville Police Department on Friday, April 19, 2019
The video shows the quick-thinking teen keeping a safe distance between her and the unknown vehicle after he repeatedly stopped.
After leaving the scene the first time, the driver came back to speak to the young girl. Police described the stranger as “a black male with short, dreadlock hair, approximately 20 years old.”
He’s wanted for questioning.
Parents who watched the clip thanked the department for sharing the video and safety tips for families. In response to the frightening ordeal, one commenter wrote:
I showed this to my teenage daughter, this Happens in any kind of neighborhood, daylight, no matter what. Very scary!! Sooooooo HAPPY THIS girl is ok, and was smart and brave. She did the right thing.
The department warned kids to watch out for strange cars following behind them, and said to “never approach strangers sitting in cars and NEVER get into a car with a stranger.”
Parents should talk to their kids about safety when walking home alone, said police.
For more on stranger awareness for kids watch the video below: