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Crime & Courts

Downers Grove police investigation clears man who offered candy to children

DOWNERS GROVE – A man who reportedly offered candy the night of Oct. 24 to two children near Pierce Downer Elementary School mistook one of the boys for someone he knew, according to an investigation by the Downers Grove Police Department.

“Following a thorough review of last night's incident, the police department has determined that it was a misunderstanding by the driver,” a department news release stated. “He called out to the boy and then realized it was not the same person. After conducting interviews, police are certain the driver had no intention of harming anyone.”

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. as the two children were walking on Oakwood Avenue at Grant Street. As they approached the intersection, a white or silver Jeep, possibly a Sahara, stopped at a stop sign. The driver asked the children if they wanted candy before driving away, according to the release.

A parent witnessed the incident, and the children described the driver as a man of unknown age, the release stated.

Police increased patrol at all parks and schools, according to the release. They are asking parents to remind children to be aware of potential dangers and report any concerns immediately.

Additionally, parents should review "stranger danger" practices with their children and tell them to run to school or a familiar house and get help immediately if they find themselves in a similar situation, the release stated. Police should then be contacted as quickly as possible.

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