DCSO investigates kidnap attempt report | RecordCourier.com

DCSO investigates kidnap attempt report

by Merrie Leininger

Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into a report that a 8-year-old girl was approached by a man who had a gun and ordered her to get into his car when she was walking home from school Monday about 3:20 p.m.

The girl told deputies she ran away from the man. She was unharmed.

The Scarselli Elementary School student gave deputies a description of the man as about 35 years old and about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a heavy build. The suspect was reported to have a full head of brown hair, not longer than his collar and wearing an orange T-shirt, brown shorts and a white vest, similar to a fishing vest.

The vehicle is described as a newer, four-door, dark blue sedan, equipped with a television antenna similar to “rabbit ears.”

The girl said when the man approached her, she turned and ran to her home two blocks away and told her mother, who called the sheriff’s office.

“Within minutes, patrol personnel were in the area of Scarselli school. Officers were not able to locate anyone fitting the description of the suspect or his vehicle,” said DCSO Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

Officers are still searching the area and interviewing neighbors. If anyone has any information about a man or vehicle matching the description, call the sheriff’s office at 782-9905.

Scarselli Principal Betsy Palmer said the teachers were all given the facts about the case as supplied by the sheriff’s office.

“We also gave them a reminder to go over safe stranger practices with the kids, not just because of this, but especially now that the days are longer, to remind them about the tools they’ve learned to keep themselves safe,” Palmer said Tuesday.

Palmer said she believes the campus is a safe place.

“Everybody is alerted. We have really good playground coverage and the crossing guards after school. Right around school we feel quite safe,” Palmer said.

Modispacher said families should remind their children not to take rides from strangers, and if anyone approaches, to run the other way and yell for help.