Man in "Sheriff" hat tries to abduct child in Monroe

- Eastchester Street is in a quiet neighborhood in Monroe. 

Police say a 12-year-old boy was taking the trash out on Thursday night, when a man drove up in a van with an Ohio license plate and ordered the kid to get in.

Instead, the bay ran inside his house.

“At this point it's highly suspect and very suspicious. We want to figure out why this guy is doing what he's doing,” said Lt. John Wall, Monroe Police Department.

The incident has neighbors on edge.

“For someone strange to come into the area to do this is crazy,” said Zina Hall, neighbor.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s or 50s, with several tattoos.  He was also wearing a hat that says “Sheriff.”

“Talking with the 12 year old, the driver never implied to be the police.”

"Our biggest concern right now is trying to figure out what the motivations of this particular individual are,” said Lt. Wall.

Investigators hope parents will talk to their kids about being safe around strangers.

It’s a conversation Zina Hall has had several times with her 8-year-old daughter Ziana Johnson. She knows to never go anywhere with strangers.

“If people tell you to come on I lost my cat and they want you to find their cat, you say no! You can’t just say yes. You don't know what's happening in this world,” said Johnson.

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