FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A nine-year-old girl is safe at home Tuesday night after a man tried to lure her into his car from her bus stop.
Tuesday was the last day of summer school for nine-year-old, Alycia. She was the only student who got dropped off at a stop in the Turnstone Parking lot a little after 1 p.m.
That's when she said a man tried to lure her into his car.
"When the bus started pulling off, he opened the door and said get in the car...I was walking a little bit and then I ran because he was following me." Alycia said.
She took off running towards home where her parents were waiting on her. As soon as Christen Moore saw her daughter, she knew there was a problem.
"My heart literally dropped because I was so worried, and I'm so proud of her because she did not get in that car," Moore said.
When Alycia told her parents what happened, a friend of the family immediately took off following the blue car she had pointed out. He caught up with him a few miles away. Police wouldn't confirm anything on Tuesday, but the neighbor said he saw the man being taken into custody.
"I went flying in front of him and locked up my [emergency] breaks and turned sideways on Washington Center, and he had no choice but to slide in to Stoney Creek.... I didn't want someone to get away with trying to do something like that to a little kid," said Chad Schlatter, a friend of the family.
The family said they hope all parents preach the importance of stranger danger, so this doesn't happen to to other families.
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