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Norwalk Schools Warn Parents, Students About Suspicious Man In Van

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NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Public Schools are warning parents and children to be aware of the dangers posed by strangers after a Cranbury Elementary School student reported being offered candy and a ride by an unknown man in a van, according to an email sent to parents.

Deputy Superintendent Tony Daddona said a student of the Meadow Gardens housing complex told her father that a stranger driving a van asked whether she wanted candy after she got off of her school bus.

The child described the suspect as a white male in his 30s with a scar on his face and wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and glasses.

Here is a full text of the email Daddona sent on Friday to parents:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A Cranbury School student reported being approached by a man in a van while getting off a school bus in South Norwalk, in the area of Meadow Gardens. The report said the man encouraged the student to get into the van by offering candy. He was described as a white male in his late 30s, with a scar on his right cheek, wearing a green hoodie and glasses. The report said he has been seen in both a white van and also a blue van.

Please be sure to talk with your children this weekend about safety rules regarding strangers. Remind them not to take candy or anything else from adults or children who they do not know. If a grown up asks them to get into an unfamiliar car or van, or to do anything that makes them uncomfortable, they should immediately tell a trusted adult.

We will let you know if any additional information becomes available. If you have any specific concerns or information, please let your school principal know, or contact the Norwalk Police Department.


Tony Daddona Deputy Superintendent Norwalk Public Schools

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