Akron student on her way to Kenmore High School says stranger tried to lure her into a car

Police searching for the driver

AKRON, Ohio - A senior at Kenmore High School said a stranger tried to lure her into his car as she walked to school Wednesday morning.

TeQuilla Dees-McKnight, 18, got off a bus and was walking near the intersection of Kenmore Boulevard and 16th Street SW when a man in a 4-door, green car pulled up alongside of her.

"The man pulled up on me and he was like, 'Do you know any good places to eat?'"

The girl suggested he head towards Downtown Akron, but he continued to follow her and then tried to convince the teen to get into the vehicle.

After she said no, the man pushed the issue.

"He was like, 'Why not?' I was like, 'You could kill me.' He was like, 'Well, I'm not going to kill you, but you could have a good breakfast,'" Dees-McKnight recalled.

The man disappeared after the girl made it to the high school. She reported the incident to a school resource officer and provided a license plate number.

The girl said she kept talking with the driver because she was afraid of what he might do to her if he got out of the car.

"I might never have gotten out of that car or I might not ever see my mom again or any of my family," she said.

Captain Dan Zampelli said the department is trying to locate the man to determine his possible motives.

The girl's mother, Tiffany McKnight, is convinced the driver was trying to abduct her daughter.

"For him to offer to take her somewhere downtown, not knowing her, not never seeing her, she had her Hello Kitty backpack on. I don't feel that he was just trying to take her somewhere to grab something good to eat," McKnight said.

McKnight said she has posted information about the scary incident on her Facebook page.

"He shouldn't be doing things like that. It could have been somebody else's kid that maybe would have took the offer and not made it out safe," she said.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Akron police or call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.


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