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Neveln incident sparks safety reminder about strangers

The Austin Police Department is reminding residents to talk to their children about strangers after an incident at Neveln Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

According to Police Capt. Dave McKichan, some children were outside Neveln after school hours when an older brown or tan car pulled over to the side of the road. The driver, a white male with short brown hair wearing a yellow shirt, told one of the children to come over to the car. The child did not know the man and did not go over.

The driver then said, “Come here or I’ll make you run laps. I’m a teacher.”

The children went inside and the man left. One of the children reported the incident to his mother.

Neveln Elementary School has been informed about the incident. McKichan said no similar incidents have been reported, but police will increase patrols in the area.

“We want to remind people that, with kids being out of school and going to parks and different venues, they should have a discussion with their children about not approaching people or cars they don’t know,” McKichan said. “If something like this happens near a business, tell them to go inside and report it to an employee, but don’t ever approach the vehicle of someone they don’t know.”