Garrison Students Say Stranger Asked Them to Get Into Car

¬†Sheriff’s Department says it is investigating

By Chip Rowe

The mother of two fifth-grade students at the Garrison School said a man driving an older black, four-door sedan on Route 9 in Philipstown stopped and told her sons to get into his car moments after they had gotten off the school bus on Thursday (March 7).

She reported the incident to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, which said it is investigating.

The woman posted to a private Facebook group and confirmed to The Current that her sons told her they had gotten off the bus at their home near the intersection with Snake Hill Road in Garrison when a younger man who appeared to be Asian stopped his car, rolled down his window and yelled for them to come over to the car and get in. They instead ran up the driveway. The vehicle apparently had been in a line of southbound cars waiting behind the bus while it stopped to drop off the students.

Laura Mitchell, the superintendent of the Garrison school district, alerted parents in an email to the incident. “While law enforcement is handling the matter, we think it is a good time to reinforce safety habits with your children if ever confronted by a stranger,” she wrote.

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