MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A Hommocks Middle School student reported that a man in a car followed him while walking home Thursday afternoon, according to an e-mail notice Hommocks Principal Seth Weitzman sent to parents Friday afternoon.
As the student was walking near Trader Joe's Thursday around 4:45 p.m., he said a man driving a beige four-door Toyota Sedan offered him a ride home. The car had additional male passengers in the back seat, according to Weitzman's e-mail.
The men asked the boy if he needed help or a ride home. The boy said he refused and continued to walk on the sidewalk, but the car began to follow him. He then ran into Stop & Shop, where he called his father on his cell phone.
Weitzman reminded parents to encourage their children to walk home in groups along well-traveled routes and to find a safe haven in a nearby store to seek help if ever approached by a stranger. Most importantly, Weitzman wrote, parents should emphasize to their children to never enter a car with someone they don't know, even if they claim the child's parent sent them.
The Daily Mamaroneck called the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department and visited its headquarters, but was told Lt. Robert Koziak, the department's spokesperson, was in a meeting and not available to comment.
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