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Batavia police searching for man who allegedly approached elementary school student

Happened in front of Hoover-Wood Elementary School on Feb. 8

BATAVIA – The Batavia Police Department is looking for the man who allegedly approached a Hoover-Wood Elementary School student in front of the school on Feb. 8.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., a young female student walking in front of the school was approached by a man in a small red or black two door car with rear-end damage, according to a post on the Batavia Police Department's Facebook page. The man was described as being Hispanic.

The man was the lone occupant in the vehicle and opened the passenger side door of the vehicle, allegedly saying to the student “Hey kid, do you need a ride? You look tall enough to sit in the front seat," the post stated.

The student quickly reacted and pulled out her cell phone and told the man that she was on the phone with her mother, according to the post. The male subject then closed the door, did a U-turn and drove southbound on Wagner Road, according to police.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Batavia Police Department. In the post, the Batavia Police Department encourage parents to speak with their children about “stranger danger” and what to do if approached by a stranger.

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