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10-year-old girl reports attempted abduction outside Reese Elementary School

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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012 12:36 pm | Updated: 11:26 am, Wed Mar 7, 2012.

Two Hispanic men in a white truck attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl outside of Erma B. Reese Elementary School on Monday morning, according to Principal Celeste Bordner.

The girl was finishing up crossing guard duty before school when the truck pulled up at her corner. One of the men asked if the girl could help them find their lost dog. Alarmed, she refused, said she did not know either of the men.  

"The man told her to get in the truck," said Sgt. Sierra Brucia of the Lodi Police Department. 

Instead, the girl ran inside to the school office to report the incident. It appears there was no physical contact.

Bordner called the girl's mother and school Lodi Police resource officer Jim Pendergast.

The girl was shaken but remained in class for the rest of the day. Two other children and an adult were also on crossing guard duty.

Police say attempted abductions don't happen often.

"This is the first we've heard of this in a while. This is not a common thing," said Brucia. No suspect sketches have been created by the police department. This is an ongoing investigation. Police are looking for an older white pickup with wooden side railings.

If you have information on the suspects, please call Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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  • Kim Lee posted at 5:06 pm on Thu, Mar 8, 2012.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    This little one did the right thing and probably saved herself from a terrible fate. Good job to her and those that have helped her learn the right things to do when approached by strangers in this manner. Very scary.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Mar 5, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    This was certainly a frightening incident for this little girl and fortunately she reacted quickly by running into the school, but I am wondering why it is being called an "attempted abduction," especially when it seems not all the information is being reported here or is not yet available.



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