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Deer Park School District warns of luring incidents; police investigating 3 reports

The Deer Park Schools Administrative Office is pictured

The Deer Park Schools Administrative Office is pictured June 13, 2011. Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

Suffolk County police said Tuesday they are investigating three reports of men trying to lure Deer Park school district students into their vehicles.

The district either posted on its website or sent phone messages to parents about the reported incidents, two of which were of men offering $100 to students if they’d get into the vehicles.

The latest incident was Friday, when a masked man in a Mercedes-Benz offered a Deer Park sixth-grader $100 to go to a restaurant, the district said Monday on its website.

The boy from Robert Frost Middle School was approached about 3:50 p.m. by a man in a dark Mercedes at West Eighth Street and Park Avenue, the alert said.

The suspect wore sunglasses over a black mask, which left only his mouth visible, the alert said.

At about 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 6 a man in a white Honda Pilot approached a student walking home from John F. Kennedy Intermediate School and offered him $100 to come to the vehicle, the district said in a phone message. The student was walking in the Deer Park Fire Department parking lot on Lake Avenue at the time.

At about 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 5, a man in a red Honda near West Third Street told two students — a boy and a girl, each 11 years old — walking home from Robert Frost Middle School to come to his car because he had something for them.

The students ran home and told their parents, the district said in its phone message.

A spokeswoman for the district said Superintendent Eva Demyen declined to comment and has referred all questions to police.

District officials said police have been notified and they warned parents to talk to their children about avoiding strangers and not going near strangers’ vehicles.

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