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Men tried to coax Greenhills boy into car, pursued him

Posted at 1:18 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 13:55:42-04

GREENHILLS, Ohio -- Eleven-year-old Luke Mansu sped off on his bike the moment two unfamiliar men pulled up to the curb and began trying to coax him into their blue Toyota Matrix, he said Tuesday. 

They pulled a U-turn and followed.

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The interaction, which was captured on a neighbor's home security system, lasted just a few seconds. According to Mansu, who rides down Beckford Drive almost every day and knows all of his neighbors, he pinpointed the men as strangers right away. 

"I've never seen the people and I've never seen that car," he said. "The passenger that talked the most, he said, 'C'mon, c'mon, get in the car,' and the other passenger said, 'Yeah, yeah.'"

The security recording shows Mansu pedaling away and the car, which had been driving in the opposite direction, making a tight turn to follow him. 

Mansu reached a neighbor's house safely, but the car and the men inside left the neighborhood without being identified. Greenhills police chief Neil Ferdelman said the officers hoped tips from the public would help them learn more.

"We're fortunate that we don't have a lot of crime," he said. "The good thing is, because we're small and because crime is a scarcity here, we have the time to investigate it."

Mansu's father, Martin Mansu, said he was glad he had taught his son what to do if a stranger attempted to lure him into a vehicle.

"He knew exactly what to do," Martin Mansu said. "Hopefully, it will be a learning lesson for all the people in the neighborhood to keep vigilant watch."

The passenger had a fade-type haircut with curly hair on top, and the driver was wearing a black hoodie and a black do-rag, police said.

Anyone with information about the men or the vehicle, including a license plate number, should call Greenhills police at 513-825-2101.