NEW CANAAN — While walking home from Saxe Middle School, a student was approached by an unknown man who tried to engage the student in suspicious conversation before taking off.

According to a post shared to the New Canaan Moms Facebook group on Sept. 20 and confirmed by New Canaan Police, on Monday, Sept. 19, a Saxes Middle Schooler was walking home alone from school around 2 p.m. when a male in his mid-thirties approached. According to police, the male had a light beard and was wearing sunglasses and a beanie hat. He drove either a four-door sedan or a small SUV in a neutral color with a dark interior and with unknown Connecticut license plates.

The post said the man asked the student their address and tried to engage in conversation, before speeding away. A police report was submitted on the incident.

Police said that in incidents like this, photographs of cars or license plates can assist officers.

“If the opportunity occurs to use a phone and get a picture of the car or license plate without jeopardizing their own safety, it would be helpful in the investigation,” said Lieutenant Jason Ferraro of the New Canaan police.

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