Fort Lauderdale police investigate ‘suspicious incident’ involving boy walking to school


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police were called to Northside Elementary School Friday morning regarding a “suspicious incident,” authorities confirmed.

Officers arrived at the school at 120 NE 11th St. around 7:40 a.m.

According to Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening, a 7-year-old student said he was walking to school when a man asked him if he needed a ride.

The boy said “no” and ran away toward his school, which was about a block away, Liening said.

The boy described the driver to police as a thin Black man, who was inside a grey SUV.

Liening said officers circulated the area, searching for any additional information or evidence.

“This incident is considered a suspicious incident and NOT an attempted kidnapping due to the circumstances,” she said in an email to Local 10 News. “The child was never forced into the vehicle and the driver did not make physical contact with the child at anytime.

“We encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact us immediately. We also remind our residents that if you see something, say something. Suspicious activity should be reported immediately.”

About the Author:

Amanda Batchelor is the Digital Executive Producer for