Parents in Grosse Ile warned of 'classic predator event'

Grosse Ile Township Schools superintendent alerts parent to early morning incident involving pick up truck


GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Parents with children in Grosse Ile Township Schools have been alerted to what police are calling a "classic predator event."

Superintendent Bill Eis sent a notice to parents about the incident which occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Eis said a man in his 60s approached a 6th grade girl who was walking in the area of Meridian and Thorofare roads. The man was described as white with orange and gray hair and a beard. He was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck with New Jersey license plates.

The driver of the pick up apparently asked the girl if she would like a ride to the bus stop.   According to the notice, he had a puppy inside his truck and told the girl she could sit with the puppy.

Police were called to investigate.  Eis said in the notice to parents that police said this scenario is a "classic predator event."

Eis said all school staff will be alerted to the incident and take steps to monitor students at the start and end of the school day.  Eis also suggested parents take the necessary steps to make school transitioning safe in the next week in a half.  That is when school is out for the summer. 

Eis said students are on their own and outside much more during the summer months.

Police are investigating the incident and looking for the driver.