Woman believes strangers were trying to take her car

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A Wichita woman is warning other drivers to be aware of their surroundings after strangers told her the license plate had fallen off of her car.

The woman didn't believe the strangers and, it turned out, her tag was still on her car.

Sara Haddad, whose husband, Stewart, works at KAKE-TV, was leaving after visiting the station about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The strangers asked if she wanted to get out of her car to check on her license plate.

"Especially with my child in my car, my alert went up," Haddad said.

She said she was immediately suspicious when she pulled up to a stoplight at 13th Street on West Street and the driver of a pickup in the lane next to her honked. Two men in the truck told her they saw her license plate fall off.

"I have security bolts on my tag, so I kind of knew it wasn't," she said. "You have to have a special tool to take it off."

Haddad's husband was in the vehicle ahead of her, so she called and told him about the encounter.

"I had her pull around me and I was like, 'Well, your tag is still there,'" Stewart Haddad said.

The couple has no idea what the strangers were trying to pull, but they assume it was not good.

"Maybe they could think, 'Maybe she'll get out of the car to try to check it and then, well, there goes your car,'" Stewart said.

That's the part that rattles Sara the most.

"I have my 8-year-old daughter with me also in the car when it happened, so I was a little bit more on alert with her in the car with me," she said.

A post on Sara's Facebook page about the incident has been shared more than 3,000 times. She just wants to make sure other drivers are watching out.

"Make sure they don't follow you," she said. "Go somewhere safe, make sure there's somebody around that you know or a cop in a very public place."

Haddad filed a police report after the incident. Police have said drivers meed to go somewhere safe before checking out anything a stranger tells them is wrong with their vehicle.

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