A woman pulled up to a West Menlo Park home on Saturday morning (Nov. 3) and asked a 5-year-old boy to get in a minivan to go to her house for Halloween candy, the boy's mother told police.
Saying no, the boy backed away from the car, according to his mother. The stranger drove off as the mother walked out of the Oakley Avenue house.
The van, described as a very old faded light blue, headed towards Cloud Avenue. Witnesses said a car seat possibly holding a toddler was also in the van.
The parent called police around 10:17 a.m., within minutes after the van drove away, and also told neighbors about the incident. The Sheriff's Office described the suspect as a middle-aged Hispanic or Asian woman with short black hair and wearing a gray shirt.
Some Menlo Park schools were on alert, according to Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, since the incident happened near several campuses.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 363-4911 or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-547-2700.