Man tried to lure kids in car at Deltona bus stop

Deltona school officials urge parents to talk to kids about strangers

DELTONA, Fla. – It's the second time this month that Volusia County Sheriff's Office said someone tried luring kids into their car.

Neighbors tell News 6 they've received notices to call deputies if they've seen anything suspicious and said they've been on alert ever since.

"It happens. Even in the nicest neighborhoods," said Nick Pelosi.

Deputies said it happened at the bus stop along April Avenue and Tivoli Drive Tuesday morning. The bus stop is also part of Pelosi's property.

"Something like this. It's just unfortunate," said Pelosi.

Investigators said the three siblings were waiting to catch their bus to go to Deltona Middle School, when a man pulled over and offered them candy.

Deputies said the man had candy in his hand and in a cup, refused to take no for an answer and kept following them. The man finally left when investigators said a woman driving by, saw the children and asked if they were OK.

Deltona Middle School sent out a call to parents on Wednesday night to tell them about the incident and to talk to their children about strangers.

The suspect is described as an Indian or Hispanic male, 60-70 years old, tanned complexion, straight brown and gray hair, brown eyes and clean shaven.

Deputies told News 6 that they've stepped up patrol in the area.

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