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Police investigate drivers approaching children in Daybreak area; warn of stranger danger

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Posted at 10:31 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 10:53:39-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- The Park family is keeping a close eye on their children as they walked through their Daybreak neighborhood, Monday evening.

“I was a little surprised that that would happen here,” said Deboni Park.

Lt. Matt Pennington with the South Jordan Police Department said Sunday night, two boys, ages 12 and 13, reported seeing a man following them.

“The boys reported that a man was following them. I believe he had a cellphone out, photographing, videotaping them,” Pennington said.

It turns out, this is the third incident in just the past week. The first one happened May 10, near Monte Vista Elementary, 11121 S. 2700 West.

“The kid reports a gray car pulling up alongside him and a male asking if he wanted a ride,” Pennington said.

Then a few days later, a 15-year-old girl reported being approached in Daybreak near 4300 West Belleville Way.

At this point, police aren’t sure if the three are related.

“The only common thing we have is a male, a male driver in either a gray or white four-door passenger car,” Pennington said.

Local schools are already warning parents and students. Ten-year-old Violet Park heard the announcement over the loud speaker at Daybreak Elementary and said she knows what to do if a stranger approaches her.

“Tell an adult to see if it’s safe or just walk away,” Violet said.

It’s giving her mom a little peace of mind in light of a scary situation.

“It sounds like they did a good job at school reviewing specifically what they need to do,” Deboni Park said.