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.