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'Stranger danger' incident prompts school alert, police investigation

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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police are investigating a "stranger danger" incident that happened near August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu on Monday morning.

About 7 a.m., a fourth-grade boy was approached by a man who was standing next to a white van about a quarter of a mile from campus. 

According to the boy's mother, the man told the boy to get in so he could take him home. The boy told police that he saw a gun inside the van and that he ran away.  

"He was crying and scared and told me mommy someone tried to take me," says his mother, who did not want her name used in this report.  She says her son will not walk to school anymore, he will be dropped off everyday, "It's scary when it happens to your own child, (I'm) angry."

August Ahrens Elementary School reviewed 'stranger danger' procedures with all students Monday and sent a letter home to parents at the end of the school day.

The boy describes the man as being medium to heavy set, about 5-foot-10 and 200 lbs. He had a red and green tattoo of a dragon on his shin.

If you can help police with this case, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 955-8300.

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