Willcox Police

Willcox Police

WILLCOX — A suspicious person reportedly followed young students, asking repeatedly if they wanted a ride on the first day of school.

Willcox Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Davis released a statement Thursday, Aug. 8, regarding the incident that occurred Wednesday night, Aug. 7.

“The man continued to question the students if they needed a ride after they had refused the offer. One of the students eventually ran to a friend’s home. All students involved are safe,” Davis reported. “A report was made to the Willcox Department of Public Safety last night.

“Additional patrols were ordered for (Thursday) and will continue for the next few days. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment and ask that you discuss the need to be aware of ‘stranger danger’ with your children.”

When the Range News contacted Willcox Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Dale Hadfield, Hadfield said there will be two police officers in the area where the incident took place. Also, Hadfield said his officers will be attempting to identify the suspect.

A nearly identical situation reportedly happened in Safford on Tuesday, after Safford’s first day of school. According to the Safford Police report, an individual driving a gray Nissan car followed a young boy home, asking repeatedly if he wanted a ride. The Safford boy repeatedly said no; and, eventually, the boy ran home and the police were called.

The Safford Police were not able to locate the suspect.

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