O'FALLON, Ill. — Police in O'Fallon, Illinois, are asking students and parents to be careful after a man approached to female students on their way home from school Wednesday.

Police said the girls were walking near the intersection of Shadow Ridge Crossing at East Wesley Drive when a man drove up and motioned for them to come over to his car. The girls ran away and told their parents.

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Police said the man was about 40 years old with red hair and a lime green shirt. He was driving an older gray Honda SUV with rusty running boards.

Police encouraged parents to talk with their children. They provided the following tips:

  • Always us the buddy system when walking to and from school.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and never take shortcuts.
  • If someone you don’t know offers you a ride, say no and run.
  • Never speak to strangers and never get into a car with a stranger.
  • Always go straight home and tell parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up
  • If a stranger tries to follow you on foot or tries to grab you, run away, scream and make a lot of noise.
  • Never give your name or address to a stranger.