BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A Beavercreek girl, Sarah Radloff is home safe after recognizing the signs of danger.
The 8-year-old says Friday, a man, driving north on Stanwick Drive towards the intersection of Tralee Trail and Ruanda Drive, used sweets to try to lure her to a tan or silver car.
The location of the incident is just a few blocks away from Valley Elementary School, which adds to the concern for Beavercreek police and Radloff’s parents.
Tuesday, mom Katie Radloff sat down with her daughter and 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé to talk about what happened.
The mother of two says in the winter months, it’s rare to let her children go out and play on their bicyles, but Friday was unseasonably warm.
She let Sarah go out and enjoy the day.
But just minutes later, her daughter, a bit panicked, came rushing home.
“‘When I was at a certain street these people tried to get me into the car because they were trying— they were saying that they had candy,” the girl described.
The elementary school student felt, “scarred and I was worried.”
But the interaction with the man, who was in the car’s back seat, lasted moments.
Throughout the conversation, she remained quiet, then quickly peddled back home.
While rattled by what happened, Sarah says she kept in mind the keys to “Stranger Danger,” a guideline often used by adults to warn them of predators and strangers.
She remained aware of her surrounding, and even the voices of the men in the car, which indicated to her that something was wrong.
“The person that I could hear they sounded like they were drunk,” she recounted. “And they sounded like– it was a joke.”
Joke or not, the attempt to lure in the child as she rode her bike has left her mom and dad concerned.
“When something like that happens, you play all the what “ifs” in your head,” the mom said. “And while it’s wasted energy, it’s still upsetting, so we’re very thankful that she knew what to do, she was able to follow through with it and she’s safe.”
Mrs.Radloff tells 2 NEWS she’s equally proud of Beavercreek Police’s response to the incident.
In minutes, she says they were at her home.
She described the responding officers as delicate, particularly when they interviewed her about the occurrence.
While the ordeal has left Radloff skeptical of her neighborhood safety, she plans to continue what she’s always done, protect her children.
She’ll ask questions of them like, “What do you if a stranger talks to you? What do you do to get away? Where do you go?,” she suggested. “It’s just something that when they’re getting ready to go, we review it every time.”
They are reminders that this mom says kept Sarah safe from danger.
Police are continuing to investigate this case.
If you have any information, you’re urged to call Beavercreek Police.