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Man attempts to abduct Nevada Union student

A man described as middle-aged, driving a small red pickup truck, attempted to abduct a Nevada Union High School student on Hughes Road in Grass Valley Thursday, offering the student a ride to school before the student ran off, according to school officials.

“It wasn’t anything really aggressive,” NU Principal Dan Frisella said. “Someone pulled over and asked the student if he wanted a ride to school, and the kid got kind of freaked out by it and took off running. He didn’t get much of a great description of the gentleman except that he was middle-aged based on the sound and tone of his voice.”

Grass Valley Police said the incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when the 14-year-old male student was walking to school and as he neared the campus he was approached by the man who pulled up next to the student in his car, asking him if he wanted a ride to school. The student resisted and ran toward the school and the man drove off.

The student told his parents about the incident yesterday and the parents notified NU administrators Friday morning. The school then filed a report with the Grass Valley Police Department.

“We send out alerts when things like this happens,” Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Louise Johnson said. “The county office sends out an alert and we all follow up if it applies to us. I always follow up because I have the largest reach of all the districts. So even if it’s at an elementary school, I’m going to report it.”

According to Johnson, this is the second attempted abduction of a high school student in the district this year. On Oct. 13, a female student was approached near Alta Sierra, and another incident also occurred in September at Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School in Grass Valley, making that three incidents since the school year began.

Lt. Steven Johnson said a year and a half ago the community had some multiple red truck sightings that started out down by Bear River.

“In the coming months we had a half dozen other reports of suspicious red trucks,” Lt. Johnson said. “They were all different red trucks, there were no commonalities, so we were never concerned that there was one suspect in a red truck committing multiple attempts to abduct kids.”

Frisella added that the small red pickup truck that approached the student on Thursday fit the similar description of a vehicle during a previous attempted kidnapping at Bell Hill Academy.

“Like this student did, use your gut instinct and trust your gut in these types of situations,” Frisella said. “And if you don’t feel safe, do what this student did and run, or be vocal and make some noise if you’re in a populated area, and always notify the police. This is definitely something that should be taken seriously.”

If you have information regarding this incident, call Grass Valley Police Department at 530-477-4600.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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