Ice cream vendor tries to get Mt. Plesant boy into his van

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 21-year-old man was cited on a trespass notice after he tried to get a boy to ride in his ice cream van in Mount Pleasant on Monday.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department said the man was cited for a trespass notice in the town of Mount Pleasant with the condition not to return.

On Monday, authorities responded to Seacoast Parkway in reference to a suspicious activity. According to police,  the man was trying to get a 12-year-old boy into his ice cream van.

The man told police he was from Russia on an exchange program and said he was driving down Seacoast Parkway when he saw the boy walking down Grassy Creek, so he stopped and sold the boy ice cream.

The suspect told police that since there was a lot of traffic on the road he offered to give the boy a ride to his neighborhood.

According to authorities, the suspect told police that he thought it was a good idea, saying, "in Russia we help people in this way and it is not a big deal."

Authorities say they instructed the suspect on the severity of the situation in the US and the man said he understood and would not offer anyone a ride again.

When police spoke to the juvenile, the boy said he did buy an ice cream and the man demanded him to get in the van.

According to investigators, a woman saw what was happening and drove her car behind the van and asked the boy if he was okay. Investigators said the boy said no and yelled "mom" at the woman, even though the woman was not the boy's mother.

The boy got into the woman's car and police were called.

The Sullivan's Island Police Department issued an advisory message to residents in the area Wednesday.

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