Deputies: Man tried to lure boy with candy in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is asking parents to be vigilant after a boy reported being approached by a man who tried to lure him with candy.

Investigators say it happened at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday in the 6400 block of Mangrove Drive in Wesley Chapel.

An unknown male approached an 11-year-old boy while he was walking to his bus stop on Mangrove Drive.

The boy told deputies the man said, “You could have candy if you follow me.” The man wanted the boy to follow him to a wooded area near the end of the road.

The boy ran to his bus stop and the man went in the opposite direction.

The man is described as being 20 to 30 years old, with olive skin, dark hair and hazel eyes. He was clean-shaven and had sunglasses hanging from his shirt and was wearing a brown, furry winter coat.

The sheriff’s office asks people to be aware of this description and report anything to 1-800-706-2488 or on our TIPS tab on Parents are reminded to be vigilant when it comes to stranger danger. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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