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Twinsburg Police Searching for Enticement Suspect

There are 40 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Jun 14, 2010, titled Twinsburg Police Searching for Enticement Suspect. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

The Twinsburg Police Department is investigating a possible case of child enticement.

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Since: Jun 10

Stow, OH

#1 Jun 14, 2010
Good job kids! Wow this situation could have gone so badly. Something like this happened to my own brother and now I'm nervous about him being outside even in my realtively safe neighborhood.
Cleveland-West_S ide

Mansfield, OH

#2 Jun 14, 2010
Maybe he really did need help finding his dog?
Donald Beaupre

Cleveland, OH

#3 Jun 14, 2010
Does it ever occur to any of these self proclaimed detectives that the person in the car might have really needed some sort of help? We are all turning into crazed and paranoid lunatics who run away from anybody and somebody. The next generation is growing up to be a bunch of individuals who will be scared of their own shadows in a few years. I realize that there are people out there who are up to no good, but not everybody is a monster who is trying to lure children into cars to abduct them. This whole concept of everybody being a "stranger who might be a danger" is a bunch of hogwash that is brainwashing children and many people in this Apple Pie and Hot Dog loving society.
XUbabe

Columbus, OH

#4 Jun 14, 2010
then the man should have asked the children to go get their parent/guardian and have them give the okay or go with them. yeah not everybody is a bad person but when it is your little brother out there who could get hurt i'd rather him say no. there are other ways to go about finding your dog than asking random kids on the street. he should say have you seen a dog and give a description, and leave it at that, dont ask the kids to get into the car to help. and anyone who has good intentions and really wants to find the dog should know not to ask kids into their car.
momintwins

Lexington, KY

#5 Jun 14, 2010
Approx 2,000 children that are reported missing each day. I would say to err on the side of caution is a neccesity these days.
urcrazy

United States

#6 Jun 14, 2010
Donald Beaupre wrote:
Does it ever occur to any of these self proclaimed detectives that the person in the car might have really needed some sort of help? We are all turning into crazed and paranoid lunatics who run away from anybody and somebody. The next generation is growing up to be a bunch of individuals who will be scared of their own shadows in a few years. I realize that there are people out there who are up to no good, but not everybody is a monster who is trying to lure children into cars to abduct them. This whole concept of everybody being a "stranger who might be a danger" is a bunch of hogwash that is brainwashing children and many people in this Apple Pie and Hot Dog loving society.
Are you an idiot?? That lost dog line is the oldest in the book! Smart kids to say NO!!
kikimom

Canton, OH

#7 Jun 14, 2010
Come on! Use some common sense. Any self respecting adult knows better than to ask a child to come to their car to help them find their "dog". My brother and I were abducted by strangers who were going to take me to the hospital for a skinned knee (yeah right). A neighbor saw us in a strange car and stopped them. That was 35 years ago. If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. It's not like it used to be when moms were mostly at home and everyone looked out for each other's kids and even then looked what almost happened. I wonder if you, Donald, have young children? Maybe you would feel differently. I don't think there is anything worse than loosing your child.
Mr Secord

Cleveland, OH

#8 Jun 14, 2010
Wise men say "will you walk this way to the dawns early light"?
So that you can send me angel tonight and where the wee winds blow we can walk this way so that you can send me a Potvin tonight.
HERE I AM so that I can come over to the wee winds blow so that you can send me an angel tonight.
Send me an angel or a Potvin tonight and we will see the wee winds blow all night long until the angel comes to the Potvin tonight.
HERE I AM so that I can come over to the wee winds blow so that you can send me an angel tonight
Guest

United States

#9 Jun 14, 2010
kikimom wrote:
Come on! Use some common sense. Any self respecting adult knows better than to ask a child to come to their car to help them find their "dog". My brother and I were abducted by strangers who were going to take me to the hospital for a skinned knee (yeah right). A neighbor saw us in a strange car and stopped them. That was 35 years ago. If it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. It's not like it used to be when moms were mostly at home and everyone looked out for each other's kids and even then looked what almost happened. I wonder if you, Donald, have young children? Maybe you would feel differently. I don't think there is anything worse than loosing your child.
You are very lucky to be here, talking about it.
Mother

Akron, OH

#10 Jun 15, 2010
Donald Beaupre wrote:
Does it ever occur to any of these self proclaimed detectives that the person in the car might have really needed some sort of help? We are all turning into crazed and paranoid lunatics who run away from anybody and somebody. The next generation is growing up to be a bunch of individuals who will be scared of their own shadows in a few years. I realize that there are people out there who are up to no good, but not everybody is a monster who is trying to lure children into cars to abduct them. This whole concept of everybody being a "stranger who might be a danger" is a bunch of hogwash that is brainwashing children and many people in this Apple Pie and Hot Dog loving society.
Really? Being the mother of one of the children that was approached, I am pissed off about this comment. Our children did great and we are more than proud of them. Anyone with common sense knows you do NOT approched children. If he truly did lose his dog then you ask an adult or even contact the local police and let them know what you are doing. This person has been seen in several neighborhoods, on the other side of the city, is he really looking for his dog?
kikimom

Canton, OH

#11 Jun 15, 2010
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>You are very lucky to be here, talking about it.
amen to that!
kikimom

Canton, OH

#12 Jun 15, 2010
So the guy, it seems, was really looking for his dog. Regardless, I stand firm on the never talk to strangers teachings. Children cannot be a judge of whether a person is dangerous or not. The children that ran and told their parents absolutely did the right thing. And so did the parents by informing the police.
Donald Beaupre

Cleveland, OH

#13 Jun 15, 2010
The following article is online on the Akron Beacon Journal website:

Police say Twinsburg man was seeking lost pet, not abducting kids
By Beacon Journal staff

POSTED: 03:28 p.m. EDT, Jun 15, 2010

Twinsburg police say a man was looking for his lost dog and was not attempting to abduct children in a Twinsburg neighborhood last week.

Police issued a press release Tuesday saying the 39-year-old man lived in the area and was asking neighbors if they had seen his dog.

On Monday, police had issued an alert about an investigation into a possible child enticement that occurred Thursday in the Lake Plata development.

In the release, police said a man stopped two juveniles who were out walking and asked them to get into his car to help him look for his lost dog.

The juveniles said ''no'' and ran home. The ''suspect'' left the area in an unknown direction.

Twinsburg police say a man was looking for his lost dog and was not attempting to abduct children in a Twinsburg neighborhood last week.

Police issued a press release Tuesday saying the 39-year-old man lived in the area and was asking neighbors if they had seen his dog.

On Monday, police had issued an alert about an investigation into a possible child enticement that occurred Thursday in the Lake Plata development.

In the release, police said a man stopped two juveniles who were out walking and asked them to get into his car to help him look for his lost dog.

The juveniles said ''no'' and ran home. The ''suspect'' left the area in an unknown direction.

Memo to all the detectives who attacked me with their personal and mean spirited attacks for my comments that I made yesterday: This man really did lose his dog and wanted his neighbors to help him. Try and realize that there are people who really do need help from time to time. This man should have called the police or told an adult what he was doing, but he probably felt as if he was not doing anything wrong and therefore, he did not feel that course of action was necessary. It also seems as if I made the mother of one of the children in this case very upset with my comments. My comments are my opinion and you do not need to take what I said so personally nor do you have to agree with my opinion. It is my opinion and I am entitled to it the same why you are entitled to yours. It seems as if this story ended with a good ending since the residents of Twinsburg do not need to fear that a monster is on the loose in their city.
Terry Crawford

Cleveland, OH

#14 Jun 15, 2010
Well ... I wonder if he even asked them to get in the car or just asked them to look out for his dog. It's so easy to have your life ruined by a simple accusation - guilty until proven innocent. These children might have totally misunderstood what was said to them and that is why it is not that great of an idea to base an investigation on what some scared children might have said. Any child can make up an accusation and ruin a person's life or reputation. The case in Hudson comes to mind where a music teacher committed suicide about a year ago based on a lie made up by a student in class.
Mother

Akron, OH

#15 Jun 16, 2010
Bottom line: He should have never asked the children, just common sense. He asked several YOUNG children in different developments, no where near the other, if they could help find his dog and when they said NO, he then asked to at least come look at the picture? There are still a lot of unanswered questions and doubt, he claims that he asked adults as well, not one adult has confirmed that? He owes the community, the parents and the children an apology for just being plain stupid.
me2you

Cleveland, OH

#16 Jun 16, 2010
With all of facts available how can there be people defending the actions of this man? He drove up to children alone in the neighborhood. He did not get out of his car. He asked the kids to come to him to look at pictures of his dog. This is exactly the person children are told about and how they are to run and tell someone what had transpired and these children did what they were taught to do. The police did their job to look for him and when he finally came forward the police listened and believed he was truly looking for his dog. I hope the police told him how wrong his actions were -– a stranger seeking out children for help! And now some people have the nerve to demonize these children. I question your motives. Are you perverts? Related to perverts? Just plain stupid? Whatever I pray you have no children around you.
Melissa C

Cleveland, OH

#17 Jun 16, 2010
I do not think he asked them to get into the vehicle and I believe the kids made that up. There was insufficient information to know who was doing something wrong -- the teens or the man looking for a dog. Any number of scenarios like MAYBE THE MAN WANTED HIS DOG. Were the teens undersocialized and thus not aware that some people are allowed to actually have dogs and they can get loose and asking about your missing pet doesn't always mean they are after you? Caution didn't hurt the teens but false accusations might hurt the one looking for the dog. The teens are confused and need a lesson in understanding how to deal with older adults and people in general.
yep

Perry, OH

#18 Jun 16, 2010
Why did he ask kids? Cause they are out running all over and if anyone would see a dog, a kid would. Plus, dogs are more apt to approach a kid than an adult.

Was this guy a bad guy? Probably not, he just could have used better judgement.
yep

Perry, OH

#19 Jun 16, 2010
Why did he ask kids? Probably because it was such a novel thing to see kids actually outside, not inside playing mind numbing video games.
me2you

Cleveland, OH

#20 Jun 16, 2010
Melissa C wrote:
I do not think he asked them to get into the vehicle and I believe the kids made that up. There was insufficient information to know who was doing something wrong -- the teens or the man looking for a dog. Any number of scenarios like MAYBE THE MAN WANTED HIS DOG. Were the teens undersocialized and thus not aware that some people are allowed to actually have dogs and they can get loose and asking about your missing pet doesn't always mean they are after you? Caution didn't hurt the teens but false accusations might hurt the one looking for the dog. The teens are confused and need a lesson in understanding how to deal with older adults and people in general.
These kids are not teens. One was 11 and one was about 9. The man is an adult. He stopped each one separately. He called them to his car. He said he wanted them to look at pictures of his dog. There was no emergency here or a need to talk to the kids. He acted stupidly. He should have walked around and spoke only to adults. Any reasonable person knows better than to accept your reasoning. Here’s hoping you are not raising or influencing young children.

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