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Van Driver Who Attempted to Lure Student Is Back

Police notify district that the man reportedly watched the child board the bus before driving off.

The driver of a van that approached a West Hollow Middle School student earlier this school year, was spotted again Monday morning, according to a school district safety alert.

Suffolk County Police informed the Half Hollow Hills School District that at approximately 7:15 a.m., a West Hollow student noticed a suspicious vehicle while waiting for the bus near Oxford and Arlington Avenues. The vehicle stopped, and the driver watched the student before driving away, said the online alert.

The vehicle, which is said to be a white commercial van with purple graffiti on the back and a darkened circle window on the side, Officials reported that in the previous incident, the driver, described as a white male with a receding hairline, possibly in his mid 30s, attempted to lure a student into the van by offering candy near Oxford Avenue and Bennington Street.

This is the third known incident this school year in which a Half Hollow Hills student has been either lured or followed by a stranger while waiting for the school bus.

The first instance occurred in October, when police alerted the district that an unknown man followed a student home.

In that case, the student became aware that a man in a vehicle described as either a black or dark blue Honda Civic with New York license plates, was watching her in the bus lot of . According to the report, she became uncomfortable as she walked home and ran to a neighbor’s house. The car sped up, and the driver opened the car door, the district said. 

The school district urges parents to discuss with their children the importance of being aware of their surroundings. Anything suspicious should be reported immediately to the Suffolk County Police Department (911).

Richard Riccoboni May 02, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I think that this person is in my neighborhood every morning around 4-5am in the area near the south huntington library, I used to think he was a security guard who monitored the lot remotely by CCTV because would show up from nowhere about 3 minutes after a vehicle entered the parking lot, however given the recent news I begin to question his purpose there. HE could possibly be stalking from the back of the library in a small back entrance which provides just enough visibility to see the lot and would take about 3-4 minutes to drive from there to the front entrance.
Richard Riccoboni May 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM
there's also a Court behind the library which provides even more visibility where he could potentially be building his crows nest.

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