MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The close call happened last Tuesday around 3pm near the Whipple Road ball fields in Mt. Pleasant. Police used their City Watch telephone message system to alert the surrounding neighborhoods.
Here's part of the actual phone message that was sent out: "A juvenile reported that while walking home from school on Whipple Road, he was approached by a black male in a red pickup truck, who asked him if he wanted some candy," the phone message stated.
"Our neighborhood is normally fairly quiet and I haven't heard of anything like this previously and I'm outraged, concerned," said resident Ted Hallman.
Police say the boy missed his bus and walked home from James B. Edwards Elementary School. The child told officers when he got in the vicinity of the ball fields, he was approached by an older black man in a red pickup truck.
The man asked the youngster, quote, "Do you want some candy?"
The boy ran to the nearby Candlewood Subdivision and found someone with a cell phone who called his mom.
"Actually very scary hearing about that when we have two little babies in the house," said Candlewood Subdivision resident Nikki Faircloth.
"This is a really quiet neighborhood, but we do have a lot, a lot of children, a lot in this neighborhood, so yeah that is scary," added resident Sharon Ilderton.
Police say it may have turned into a tragedy had the child not said no to the stranger. Officers say the suspect wore a red t-shirt and a black hat. We are told the boy was not harmed.
Investigators say they have not had any other reports of a man fitting the same description approaching children.