Parents in Þorlákshöfn, Southwest Iceland, are concerned following three incidences where a man has attempted to snatch children and bring them into his car, Hafnarfréttir reports. Yesterday, a mother posted a warning on a Facebook page for the residents of the town of 1,500, recounting what happened to her son yesterday as he was walking along a trail in town.
A man stepped out of his car, snatched the boy and said he was going to take him to his home in Reykjavík. The mother related, “But my boy reacted just the right way by kicking him and was able to free himself. This was reported to the police, and he was able to describe the man, but not the car.”
Comments below the post reveal that three such incidents have occurred in the town in recent days. The man is said to be driving a small, gray car.
Residents are encouraged to be on the alert and to notify police of any suspicious activity.
Monday, last week, the male driver of a small, black 4x4 tried to lure a nine-year-old boy in Kópavogur into his car, Vísir reports. The boy, who was on his way to Snælandsskóli school, reacted as he should have by running into the school and reporting to police, who still have no lead in the case.
A week ago, Fréttablaðið reported that annually, 40-50 such incidents are reported. I some cases, they are based on misunderstanding, such as when people stop to ask for directions or offer a lift.
In November of 2004, a serious case came up when a nine-year-old girl was found cold and deserted on Mosfellsheiði plateau, near Reykjavík. A driver had lured her into his car in Kópavogur by pretending to be a policeman, and left her after getting his car stuck. The man was never found.