Letter warns Robeson parents of 'stranger danger' incident

Letter warns Robeson parents of 'stranger danger' incident

UPDATED 6:30 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — A letter to parents of students at Robeson Elementary School on Thursday warned about a “stranger danger” incident involving one of the school’s students in Champaign.

According to the letter from Champaign schools Superintendent Judy Wiegand, a man driving a black Pontiac Grand Prix heading west circled two times around the block at a bus stop at William Street and Westfield Drive.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the incident took place at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday.

According to Wiegand, the car stopped, and a man in the vehicle called out to a Robeson student who was standing alone.

But according to Dunn, police were told by a witness and the girl that the man never said anything to the girl but he acted like he wanted to.

Wiegand said the girl refused to talk to the man, and a neighbor ran over and told the motorist to leave.

Dunn said police received no indication from the victim that any verbal or physical contact was ever made with the student.

Dunn said the police report lists the motorist as a dark-skinned, heavy-set black male in his 20s.

Wiegand’s letter lists a slightly different description of the motorist.

Stephanie Stuart, community relations coordinator for Unit 4, said the letter was sent out earlier in the day prior to the police report being completed because the school district wanted to reach parents as soon as possible.

Stuart said residents should rely on the description provided by police.

Persons with information about the incident are asked to contact Champaign police at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS (8477).