Police in Wentzville are investigating after a strange incident involving a group of children this week.
Wentzville PD Major Paul West said, Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m., a group of children was playing outside in a neighborhood off Peine Road. The children reported a man drove up to them, in a black truck, and yelled at them to get inside. When they didn’t, the man reportedly drove off.
Brian Willerding was inside his house when his son, Blake, told him what happened.
“I could see it in their face that they weren’t making something up,” he said. “They’ve never joked around about anything like this.”
“When I heard somebody say that for the first time, I was like 'Whoa!'” added Blake.
Willerding tried to located the black truck, but by then it was gone. He informed the other parents and called police to file a report.
Wentzville Police are still investigating, but have limited information and no leads beyond the truck color. Despite some concerns made online about multiple incidents, police said they have only taken one report about the suspicious truck. Major West said they are “beefing up” patrols in the area.
The incident happened about half a mile from Peine Ridge Elementary school, prompting some parents to call the district requesting more information. A district spokesperson said they contacted police, but learned there was very limited information to share.
Willerding said he is proud of how his son and the other children handled the situation. He hopes other families will use this as an opportunity to talk to their kids about strangers.
“We told him that he did the right thing,” Willerding said. “If somebody pulls up and wants to offer you a ride or candy, just to not accept it. “