Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping Of Child Walking To School

March 31, 2012

Police are investing an attempted kidnapping as a child walked to an elementary school in Escambia County Friday morning. It happened in Pensacola, but parents everywhere are being urged to take steps to make sure their children are safe.

The child was walking to Scenic Heights Elementary when she said she was approached by a man in a green minivan who tried to give her a ride and offered her candy and toys. He then allegedly pulled out a long knife, prompting her to run away, according to police.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 35-45 years old with a diamond earring, curly black hair and a beard on his chin.

According to Pensacola Police, another child at the school admitted Friday that a similar incident had happened to her, with the man trying to lure the girl into his apartment.

According to school officials, parents can share these safety ideas with their child:

  • Trust your feelings, if someone makes you uncomfortable, get away and tell your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Walk with a parent, friend or group.
  • Walk on main streets.
  • If someone offers you a ride, say no.
  • If someone offers to take you somewhere, run away and yell.
  • If you go home alone after school, call your parents and let them know you are OK when you arrive home.


3 Responses to “Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping Of Child Walking To School”

  1. ash on April 2nd, 2012 1:20 am

    this is so sad i can’t stand people who abduct or try to abduct children and this day and age it’s hard to even trust family and close friends so yes always trust your gut feelings kids, it might just save your life in the long run…smh

  2. Melanie on April 1st, 2012 9:26 am

    That is scarey,im very happy my kids get picked and dropped off right in front my house,even then that can still happen..

  3. Jane on April 1st, 2012 6:49 am

    Please….talk to your children about strangers! Make sure they know NEVER let a person they don’t know get close enough to grab them! Tell them not to talk to strangers and teach them how to use a cell phone to call 911. Cell phones can be traced by their GPS, so even a cheap phone with a few minutes on it for emergencies could save a life!

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