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Stranger Danger Alert for Elk Grove schools
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Stranger Danger Alert for Elk Grove schools

 Elk Grove Unified School District and our principal from Franklin Elementary School, Sheila Caruthers sends out this message to our local community:

We are working with the Elk Grove Police Department (EGPD) to inform parents about a suspicious man who has reportedly tried to lure teenagers to his vehicle.  As you may recall, we sent home a letter to parents earlier this month about an incident that took place on October 16 at Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road.  Today, EGPD informed the District that they are investigating four incidents that appear to be all related.  The following information details the four incidents:

On Saturday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was walking in the area of Darley Way and Toscano Drive when a vehicle pulled up next to him.  The male driver attempted to engage the boy in conversation.  The boy did not respond and the vehicle drove away. 

On Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m., a 13-year-old female was walking in the area of Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road when a vehicle pulled up next to her.  The male driver attempted to engage the girl in conversation.  The girl continued walking as the vehicle pulled ahead of her into a parking lot.  The girl turned around and ran away to safety.

On Wednesday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m., a 14-year-old girl was walking in the area of Franklin High Road and Stathos Drive when a vehicle drove past her, made a U-turn, and drove next to her in the opposite lanes of traffic.  The male driver attempted to engage the girl in conversation.  The girl did not respond and ran away to safety.

On Saturday, October 26 at 12:01 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in the area of Backer Ranch Road and Elk Grove Boulevard when a vehicle pulled up next to him.  The male driver engaged the boy in conversation.  The boy initially thought he recognized the driver of the vehicle as a family friend.  When the boy realized he did not know the individual, he rode away on his bicycle and reported the incident to law enforcement.  

The suspect in all four of these child annoyance cases was described as an African-American male adult in his 30’s to 40's.  He was described as having short hair and as being heavy set.  The vehicles involved were described as a copper or yellow compact 4-door vehicle and a full-sized silver van.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

Elk Grove Police, EGUSD Police and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department will have an increased police presence patrolling the neighborhood around our school over the coming days.

Please take some time to talk to your students about the following safety precautions when walking to and from school:

-          Do not talk to strangers, even if they know your name.

-          Always walk directly to and from school using the same path every day.

-          Always walk or ride your bike with a group of friends.

-          Run directly to school or home if you are approached by a stranger.

-          Immediately notify a school official or parent.

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority at our school. Students are encouraged to do the following: “If you see something or know something, say something.” 

AWARENESS is key, go over this with your kids, teenagers and make sure they follow safety measures at all times.

Helpful Links: 

http://www.lindenhurststrangerdanger.com/?p=276

http://www.betterworldbooks.com/strangers-childrens-fiction-books-H2350.aspx

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/11/prweb305697.htm

 

 

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