On Monday October 1, 2018 at around 1:00 PM police were informed about a suspicious incident involving two Sandwich Secondary students. The call came from school officials who indicated that two of their students were spoken to by a strange couple along Laurier Drive. What prompted the call to police was that the scenario was reminiscent of similar incidents reported on social media in Windsor.
Officers attended the school and spoke with the students and their parents. The two students told officers that at around 12:30 PM they were walking to a home on Laurier Drive (between Malden and Matchette). At this time they both observed a light blue Chrysler Town and County mini-van on the opposite side of the road, with its hazard lights on. As the students drew parallel to the van, a female in the driver’s seat leaned out of the open driver’s door window and asked “Excuse me, can you please come over here and help me?” The students immediately ran to the home they were going to and locked the door behind them. They then watched as the van drove by slowly and continued toward Matchette Road.
The students also noted that a male exited the rear of the van and stepped out just prior to them running off. The students saw the man when they glanced back while running. (The male did not say anything or act aggressively in any way toward the students.)
The woman in the van was described as an older female in her 70’s or 80’s, chubby face with wrinkles and moles, long silver/grey hair put up with a bump at the front, black rimmed glasses with slight cat eye shape, light coloured button up long sleeve shirt. The man was described as being in his 40’s or 50’s, wearing baggy jeans, dark brown hair. Both were Caucasian.
The vehicle was described as being a light blue Chrysler Town and Country (newer model- possibly 5 years old).
In speaking to the students, both advised that there was no attempt by either the male or female to touch them, grab them or to do anything to them. (They ran before anything could happen). Both advised their decision to run was based on their conversations with their parents, as well as recent reports in the media (including social media), describing a similar scenario in the City of Windsor. Both provided statements to police and advised that they would recognize the female if seen again.
The area was canvassed, but the officers did not find any residents in the area who saw the incident. If you have surveillance footage of the area for the time noted (between 12:00 and 1:00 PM – Oct 1, 2018), please share it with us.
Windsor police were contacted to ascertain if they had similar reports of suspicious behaviour. They have had some reports of such behaviour, but not with any one matching the description given above.
We are very glad with the quick action taken by the two students in ensuring their own safety. It is important to trust your own instincts. We are also very happy to see that their parents have spoken to them about such dangers and they continue to impart such knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We encourage all parents to do the same. It is very important for all of us to be aware of our surroundings, no matter where you are. This does not mean that one should walk around in fear. Situational awareness is a way of life, and everyone should practice it and teach children as they come of age.
We had shared some tips on personal safety on Sept.14th on our Facebook page, and we will do so again.
If anyone knows who the elderly woman and her companion is, please call us at 519-969-5210.