SDSO – NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego MPs released a sketch of a man they said attempted to kidnap a Vista college student as she drove to the pre-school bus stop on Monday.
The 13-year-old Roosevelt Middle School student said she was on her way to the West Los Angeles Drive and Georgia Lane bus stop around 8:30 a.m. when a white van with no license plates came over. passed, then made a U-turn, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
After the van returned, a man came out and told the Spanish student to get into the van. He then grabbed her by her shoulder and backpack, but she nudged him and slipped away, MPs said.
As the student fled, the man retreated into the van and walked away.
The student described the man as a slender Hispanic man with spiky brown hair. He wore a black sweatshirt, black jeans, scarf or black mask and wore sunglasses, according to SDSO.
The department offers up to $ 1,000 for tips leading to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be given with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
In an email to families, Vista’s school principal described the van as an older model van in white with tinted windows, minor body damage and double-door access to the rear cargo area .
The Sheriff’s Department has conveyed the following safety tips to parents and school-aged children:
- Use the buddy system and avoid walking alone.
- Parents should plan, plot and practice safe routes with children before they set off on their own.
- Teach your kids not to talk to strangers.
- Remind children not to use cell phones. They should be able to hear their surroundings when walking to school or to a bus stop.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel like you are being followed or something is wrong, seek help immediately.
- If a stranger catches you, drop to the ground, kick, punch, bite or scream. Do whatever it takes to get the attention of others who can help you.
- Seek help from a trusted adult, teacher, trainer, parent, older sibling, or law enforcement and report the incident immediately.