ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's every parent's worst nightmare - hearing that a stranger tried luring a child to his car. According to St. Augustine police, that happened not once, but twice.
It's a kid-friendly community and on a picture perfect Monday afternoon, they're outside biking and skating. But Monday evening, parents were nervous to let their little ones out of sight.
"Yeah, that's a major concern," Kirsten Arnold told Action News.
St. Augustine police are investigating after we're told a little girl was approached twice by an elderly man in an older model black Audi as she was walking on Anastasia Boulevard.
"We definitely keep our eyes on these guys. That's one of the reasons they're not allowed to go out and about by themselves," Arnold said.
The Cahagnes are new to the area, and mom and dad say the report has them on edge too, but they feel good knowing their children know what to do.
"I would go back in my house or if I was on the street and not near my house, I would start walking really fast," said 11-year-old Apoline Cahagne.
Her brother is also prepared.
"If there's a stranger, I need to walk to my house or tell my dad or mom there's a stranger," said n9-year-old Theophia Cahagne.
Police tell us the girl who was approcahed says the man was heavy set and gray haired. Both times, he only gestured with his hands for her to come over.
Arnold doesn't recognize the description or the car, but she'll be watching for it now.
"We'll definitely keep our eye out and definitely keep the word out in the neighborhood," Arnold said.
Both instances happened mid-afternoon last week and again over the weekend, according to police.
Anyone who may know more is urged to call police. You can also call CrimeStoppers at 888-277-TIPS. You may be eligible for a reward and can remain anonymous.