Earlier this week, a man came up to two young girls walking home from school near Arbor Hill Elementary, police said.
On Monday Sept. 30, around 3:35 p.m., the girls, ages 6 and 10, were approached by a man on Arbor Drive. The students told police that while they were walking home from the Arbor Hill Elementary School, a black male driving a silver-colored van approached and asked if they wanted a ride. The students immediately declined and walked to their older brother who was waiting nearby. Then they told a parent who called the police.
The limited description is a black male in his 30s. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.
Additionally, the Albany Police and the Albany City School District offered reminders of safety tips:
NEVER WALK ALONE – Walk with an adult family member, an older student, or with an appropriately-aged group of students.
DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS – If approached by a stranger RUN immediately to the nearest store or crossing guard and tell an adult about it.
COME TO SCHOOL ON TIME – Sometimes being late is unavoidable. Parents and guardians, on those occasions, please escort your children into the school building and be certain of their safe arrival.
WALK AGAINST TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE FOLLOWED – It takes time for a driver to turn around and it will give you a head start.
TELL SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY – If you have had something happen to you, have had an experience that made you feel uncomfortable or scared, or if you have information, tell school officials and your parents immediately.