9 year old girl nearly nabbed
A 9-year-old Grass Valley girl was almost abducted outside a school, according to authorities, after two men offered her a ride home from school and then grabbed her.
She was able to escape and provided a vivid description of the two men who tried to take her as she was waiting in front of Lyman Gilmore Middle School on Wednesday evening.
One of the men was described as white, with dark skin, a blond and red mohawk, and a tattoo of a clown with blood dripping down its face on his upper right arm.
The other man was described as white, about 6-feet tall, with green or blue eyes and having a mole under his nose. The girl said this man, who was the one who grabbed her, was wearing a red jacket, dark blue pants and white tennis shoes. Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Powell said that investigators have two suspects in mind, but he declined to release the names of those suspected.
The attack reportedly occurred at about 5:45 p.m., while the girl was sitting on a bench in front of Lyman Gilmore, waiting to be picked up by her parents. The girl’s mother said her daughter is a student at Scotten Elementary School, but walks over to the middle school to meet up with her 11-year-old sister.
“She is pretty scared,” the girl’s mother said.
The girl told investigators that two men drove up in a faded green Chevrolet car and one of the men asked her if she was waiting for her mother. The girl told them she was not.
The driver of the car got out and asked is she wanted a ride home. The girl told them she did not. The man then grabbed her by the wrist, she said, and tried to pull her toward him. He told her he would give her a ride home.
The girl said she was able to escape and run inside a classroom, where she told teachers and they called police.
“She just ran, and when she turned around to see if he was chasing her, they were gone,” the girl’s mother said. “I can’t let them sit in front anymore. I will pick them up from a classroom.”
Lyman Gilmore Principal Stephanie Pope said that the school’s normal student pick-up policy calls for parents to come into the school, and that the 9-year-old waited outside with her mother’s permission.
Suspect 1: White, with dark skin, a blond-and-red mohawk, and a tattoo of a clown with blood dripping down its face on his upper right arm.
Suspect 2: White, about 6 feet tall, with green or blue eyes and a mole under his nose. He was reportedly wearing a red jacket, dark blue pants and white tennis shoes.
The men were in a faded green Chevrolet car.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 265-1471.
tips to avoid an abduction
• Teach children to stay away from danger. Danger is anything that invades their personal space. If they are grabbed by a stranger, they should loudly yell that this person is not their parent. They should also try to get away by any means possible.
• Don’t let children go places alone.
• Know where your children are and whom they are with.
• Talk to children about safety and encourage them to tell someone if they feel threatened or uncomfortable. Know your childrens’ friends.
• Create “what-if” scenarios to make sure children understand what danger is.
• Teach children how to secure your home and activate any alarms.
• Make a list of emergency contacts for your children.
Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
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