Police: Man Tries to Entice 8-Year-Old into Car Near Elliot Elementary

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Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln police say they're looking for a man who was trying to entice an 8-year-old boy into his vehicle.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the student was with his class picking up trash near Elliot Elementary for Earth Day when a car pulled up beside him.

Officer Katie Flood said the man asked the boy in Spanish if he wanted to get in the car. The boy said 'no' then told a teacher. The car was gone by the time the boy was able to notify his teacher.

In response Lincoln Police beefed up security at Elliot Elementary on Wednesday.

Lincoln Public Schools says they teach their younger students what to look out for in this scenario.

Carrie Erks Lincoln Public Schools Pre-school Social Worker 2:
"We go over several different safety rules with them about what different types of dangerous situations might be and what to do," said Carrie Erks, preschool social worker with LPS.

Erks says kids are taught there's more than one way to say "no". It's also important to tell an adult, don't keep a secret and it's not a child's fault if an adult breaks a safety rule.

At the Child Advocacy Center, they say if the child doesn't follow the rules, the situation can be very dangerous.

"Kids either don't come home or kids are assaulted in some way or another by these strangers who pick them up," said Cary Simpson with the CAC.

"We very much are very purposeful about teaching them starting in preschool about safety rules and making sure that they follow the safety rules just like any other rule," said Erks.

Erks hops that information stays with the students thanks to parents getting involved.

"Hopefully with the practice and reinforcement it sticks and that's what we want them to do," said Erks.

Police are looking for a Hispanic male driving a two-door, blue Sedan with one red door or window. Flood said the man spoke Spanish to the bilingual boy.

If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.