Man tries to lure local elementary school students into car

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A man wearing a ski mask tried to lure three Fowler Elementary School students into his car Friday morning in Killeen, prompting a telephone alert to parents.

Fowler Elementary Principal Joyce Lauer sent a recorded message to parents Friday afternoon.

Killeen police are investigating and school district police have stepped up patrols in the area, the district said.

At around 7:15 a.m. to 7:35 a.m. Friday, the students were walking on a sidewalk on Auburn Drive near Griffith Loop when the man approached him.

The students said the man was about 6-foot-1, was holding car keys, and was wearing “a half ski mask that covered the bottom portion of his face.”

The students said they didn’t see the man’s car.

“Police and security officials are working closely with us at Fowler Elementary School to make sure students stay safe,” Lauer said.

“We encourage parents this afternoon and every school day to help us to keep watch over our students as they travel to and from school. Please help us to remind students to never get into a car with or go somewhere with a stranger, and to always report any safety concern.”