Police urge parents to talk with kids about strangers after incident Thursday in south Huntsville


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police are investigating an attempt by two men to try to entice a child to get in their car.

The incident happened Thursday, February 11 in the 2300 block of Magna Carta Place, off South Memorial Parkway in the English Village area.

Police say the two men drove up to the child, suggested going to get candy at the store and asked him to get in the car with them. The boy refused and went to a nearby house for help. The two men drove off.

"The parents have obviously taught him well," said Huntsville Police Department Spokesperson, Lt. Stacy Bates. "He said, 'no' and ran away to a nearby neighbors house. That's exactly what we would suggest a child to do in that situation."

Police say the vehicle was purple or burgundy, possibly a Nissan Maxima or similar body style car. The two men inside were white, in their late teens to early 20s.

"Our approach to this is that we are going to work this as if someone was trying to abduct one of our children."

Police are heavily patrolling the area. At this time, there have been no other reports and police believe this is an isolated incident.

Police encourage all parents to remind their children to never approach or get inside a vehicle with strangers. You can find additional child safety information online at hsvpolice.com.

If you have any information about the incident on Thursday on Magna Carta Place, please call the Huntsville Police Department at (256) 722-7100.