Police: Man tries to lure toddler into car with candy
(KUTV) Murray Police are asking the public to be careful after a suspicious person reportedly tried to lure a child into his car with candy.
Parents overheard a man talking to their three-year-old and offering the child candy near their home in 6500 South 1350 East in Murray Sunday afternoon, according to Sgt. Howzer with Murray Police.
"I thought I was going to lose my daughter," said Sacia Ames. "Keep a close eye out because 10 seconds can make a huge difference."
Authorities say the parents saw the man, who appears to be in his 40's, holding their child's hand.
When the man saw the parents he let go of the child's hand and hopped in his car and drove off, police say.
"My 1 year old dropped her sippy cup, so I went to go pick it up and I heard someone asking my 2 year old if she wanted some candy," said Ames. "And when I looked over, I saw a 40, 45, 50 year old man reaching over and grabbing my daughter's wrist."
The parents called police and the man drove off in the direction of 1300 East.
The child was unharmed.
Police describe the man as a white male near 45 years old. He drove off in a silver Hyundai from the 2000's, police say.
Authorities say they don't believe there is a threat to the public.