DANA POINT (CBS) — Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a man who offered to give an 11-year-old boy a ride to school in Dana Point.

The child’s grandmother was dropping him off at a bus stop about 9 a.m. Thursday at Valley Parkway, south of Sea Island Drive. She saw a man make a u-turn and pull up to the boy at the bus stop, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

The boy ran back to his grandmother and told her the man had offered him a ride.

The suspect pulled up to the grandmother and told her he was a teacher before driving away, Amormino said.

The suspect was described as a white man 50-60 years old, with short dark brown or gray receding hair. His car was a faded black, four-door Mercedes.

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Comments (16)
  1. James says:

    Jesus, what if the guy just noticed the kid’s grandmother leaving her nine-year-old grandson alone at a bus stop and got concerned, then offered the kid a ride? I mean, the guy stopped and told the grandmother he was a teacher; how do we know that he meant to victimize the kid? This seems a potential overreaction. That said, he showed poor judgment in offering to give the kid a ride to school, but we shouldn’t assume that he meant any harm.

    1. bryan says:

      know one should attempt to do anything like that teacher or not …plus im sure its against school policy to give a student a ride… (james) plus if you offer a kid a ride what do you expect people to think…he could of gone a bout it a different way…

  2. alex t says:

    What an overreaction.
    Try to help out another human being, and get branded a “pervert”
    How PC.

  3. alex t says:

    Poor boy to have the fear instilled by his family, too.

  4. Levi says:

    I agree with James. So what do you all think of this…. Helpful bystander or child kidnapper?

    1. vudu says:

      Actually id say from details provided…… 70% helpful, 30% pedo, 100% bad idea either way with the paranoia in this day and age.

      1. Levi says:

        i agree

  5. Scott says:

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  6. Brad says:

    You don’t offer to take a kid that’s does not know you to school!
    If he was a teacher the kid would of know and told hims Grandmother the teacher offered.
    In this day of molesters the grandmother did the right thing!

  7. JC says:

    That man couldn’t be a teacher. Teachers are not allowed to transport students.

  8. Denise says:

    That wasn’t a teacher. Or the kid would have said he knew him. Adults know kids are not allowed to talk to strangers. I tell my son all the time that safe adults know not to talk to kids. I wouldn’t trust this guy.

  9. Wes says:

    Pulling up in your car and talking to an unknown kid…is like “accidentally” taking a hidden firearm through the metal detector at the Presidential inauguration. One that does this is either GUILTY or a complete moron that is clueless about how our society works these days.

  10. Bee says:

    Better safe than sorry. In this day and age, we as parents need to be protective of our children.

  11. bryan says:

    i live in Dana Point and have for many years, to know that is going on in my home town is nuts…and if he is a teacher why not go to the sheriff’s office and say it was a misunderstanding its been 4 days….and again teachers are not allowed to do that…

  12. Rob says:

    Looks a bit like the Original Night Stalker.

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