"Both of these children did exactly the right thing when they thought they were in danger," Brazil City Police Department Police Chief Dave Archer said. "This is a positive sign that families are talking about these types of scenarios. And being more aware, children, when faced with a dangerous situation, are doing exactly the right thing when this happens."
On Feb. 18, two separate families in the Edgewood Subdivision area reported incidents involving two different men -- but with similar descriptions -- who allegedly tried to get children inside gold-colored vehicles. However, the two children were able to get away and report what happened to their parents.
"It was initially confusing, because there were multiple reports of what appeared to be the same incident," Archer told The Brazil Times. "But after investigating the case further, we determined there was a second report about a different incident on Pinecrest Street during the same time period."
During the investigations, an unidentified man, who believed the first report might have been about him, called BCPD.
"He volunteered to come in and talk with investigators," Archer said. "It turned out the first incident was a misunderstanding."
Officers were able to clarify the initial report by finding out the man was upset because the child had allegedly thrown a snowball that just missed striking his vehicle while driving by. The man tried to "wave the child over" to talk, but when the boy ran inside the house he left the area believing the incident was over.
"The big differences in the second report, was the man allegedly stopped his vehicle and cursed at the child," Archer said. "After interviewing the juvenile, the second case is starting to move more toward a potential 'stupidity due to intoxication' incident instead of an attempted abduction.
"However, we will continue to investigate this as an alleged abduction until we can confirm this. Law enforcement is still the person or persons involved so that we can help ease the tension felt by many residents over these incidents."
Understanding children could be frightened when confronted by this type of situation, Archer said "it's better to be safe than sorry" when reporting these types of incidents.
"When it comes to the safety of a child, we will continue to investigate these reports," He said. "Even if it turns out to only help ease the mind of a concerned parent, it's time well spent. The victims, and their families, in this case should be commended. They did the right thing."
To report information about the second suspect -- described as a white male about 30-years-old with a blonde goatee, who was wearing a stocking type hat the day of the incident and driving a gold mini van -- or any other case to the Brazil City Police Department, call 446-2211.