Teen runs from minivan in Holland; driver sought for questioning


HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The Holland Department of Public Safety is trying to track down a driver in a suspicious situation involving a high school student.

The 16-year-old boy told a Holland High School resource officer he was walking to school east on 22nd Street near Harrison Avenue around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a minivan pulled up and the driver asked him he wanted a ride.

Not sure of the driver’s intentions, the teen declined and ran away.

Police say it appears the driver’s intentions may have been completely innocent, given how cold it is outside, the time of day, the age of the student and the fact that the driver did not threaten or coerce the student into the car. However, officers still want to identify the man in order to question him about the incident.

The driver is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old with a thin build. He was wearing a Michigan State University baseball cap. The minivan was reddish-orange in color.

Anyone who has information in this case is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 355.1100.

The Holland Department of Public Safety wants to remind parents to speak to their kids about “Stranger Danger.” Children should never get into a stranger’s vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult when they are approached by a suspicious stranger.

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