Harper Woods police issue ‘stranger danger’ alert after white SUV spotted offering children candy

Police say woman, potentially two men were in SUV

Harper Woods police put out a stranger danger alert Monday for parents after a white SUV was spotted approaching children asking them if they wanted candy in both Harper Woods and Saint Clair Shores. Less than a mile and a half apart with easy access onto I-94, police say it’s suspicious.

HARPER WOODS, Mich.Harper Woods police put out a stranger danger alert on Monday for parents after a white SUV was spotted approaching children asking them if they wanted candy in both Harper Woods and Saint Clair Shores -- less than a mile and a half apart with easy access onto I-94.

Police say it’s suspicious.

On Sunday, June 5, a mother was in the back of her home near Greater Mack Avenue and Gaukler Street with her 5-year-old daughter when her daughter was allegedly approached by the strangers.

“I was sitting in my backyard with my 5-year-old daughter,” said the mother, who doesn’t want to be identified. “She was running around with the dog.”

Her daughter went into the front yard when a white Jeep Cherokee reportedly rolled up and asked the little girl if she’d like some candy.

“She screamed, ‘No,’ and ran to me immediately,” the mom said.

The same scenario happened less than a mile-and-a-half away in Harper Woods. This time, the vehicle approached children on Harper Avenue near Hollywood Street.

Two children, ages 7 and 4, were reportedly approached by the same SUV. The two children also said no to the offer.

Police believe a woman was in the front of the white Jeep Cherokee along with two men in the back of the vehicle. Parents and caretakers are encouraged to remain aware.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Harper Woods police.


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Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.