VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A six-year-old Vista boy said he was approached by an unknown man in a car Monday night who asked him if he wanted pizza.
Erika Bristow said her son was playing on their driveway when the man drove up and tried to get the boy’s attention.
“He definitely realized immediately it wasn’t a safe situation,” Bristow said of her son, who ran inside to tell them about it.
Her son has special needs and is normally very friendly, according to Bristow. So over the past year, she and her husband have been reinforcing the “stranger danger” lesson. Earlier this week they said the topic was even addressed during their son’s karate class.
After his son told them about what happened, Craig Bristow said he ran out to the driveway to look for the car. He said he saw it up the street parked behind some trees before the driver sped back down the road.
He said he caught a look at the car and the driver but was too distracted to take down the license plate.
“All those thoughts are coming through your mind. It’s like a parent's worst nightmare,” he said.
They called the sheriff’s Ddepartment, which sent out patrols, but they could not locate the car. The Bristows described the vehicle as a new, white Honda Civic hatchback with roof racks and a sunroof.
The family said they did not get any pictures of the car and so far have not heard from any of their neighbors if the car was captured on surveillance cameras.
Erika Bristow said the incident has shattered her sense of safety on their winding, quiet street in Vista.
“One hour I’ll just cry. It’s anger. It’s rage. Earlier today, I wanted to punch a wall, I wanted to scream,” she said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.