GRANBY, Conn. (WTNH) – Police are investigating after a passenger in a truck allegedly threatened to poison a group of children in Granby on Friday.
According to Granby Police, the incident happened at 2:50 p.m. at the Cumberland Farms gas station at 19 Hartford Ave. Several people in a pick-up truck approached a group of children while they were walking through the parking lot.
One of the passengers in the truck told the children to get in the truck or he would poison them, police said. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
The passenger is described as being a man in his 20s or 30s, having light skin, a dark beard or goatee and wearing a backward baseball cap.
The truck is described as a gray mid-to-late model Ford F-150 pickup truck with unknown plates. Surveillance video from a business in the area was able to capture a truck fitting the description on camera.
To keep your child safe from strangers, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends a “no-go-tell” approach which includes:
- Say no if someone makes you scared or uncomfortable
- Go away from the situation
- Tell a trusted adult
Police also said it’s important to try and note details about the event and to take photos and videos if it is safe to do so or ask someone near you to.
At this time it is unclear whether or not the comment was made with ill intent. Police intend to investigate the incident to the fullest degree.
Anyone with information to help this investigation is encouraged to call (860) 844-5335.