He said he was almost kidnapped by an “Indian man with moustache” driving a grey van, but that was all a lie a 10-year-old boy from Westwood Primary School told his parents, reportedly as an excuse for coming home late.
The “attempted kidnapping”, which sparked a police report from the boy’s frantic parents, was said to have taken place on Tuesday (23 Jan).
The boy claimed that he was on his way home from Westwood Primary School at about 1pm with a friend, when a grey van stopped next to them in Jurong West Street 72.
A passenger in the van then wound the window down and asked them to get onto the vehicle, saying he was there to pick the boy up, as instructed by his parent.
The 2 boys then ran home and subsequently met the boy’s maid at the void deck.
Police say that they have investigated the incident and verified that the boy had lied to his parents.
Last week, several international schools sent letters to parents urging them to be vigilant, after students reported attempts to lure them into vehicles.
However, the two incidents at the United World College South East Asia Dover campus and Tanglin Trust School, which were reported to the police, were found to be instances of drivers trying to be helpful by offering the students a lift.
Another 2 more of such incidents involving students from 2 other international schools are being investigated.