Police Probe Attempted Abduction Of Student 1-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Police Probe Attempted Abduction Of Student 1-14-2011

Local parents are on alert after elementary school officials said a man tried to coerce a girl into a car early Friday morning.
The Merrill Park Elementary School principal said he also saw the man walking near the school.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. as two girls were walking to Merrill Park elementary in Saginaw. TV5 spoke to the mother of one of the girls involved.
"As the guy approached her, she grabbed her little cousin's hand and proceeded to run inside the school building to safety,” said Andrea Jordan.
Jordan got a frightening phone call at work Friday morning when her 10-year-old daughter said a strange man approached her and asked her and her younger cousin to follow him. Police said the man was wearing a black ski mask.
"I guess I went numb,” said Jordan. “[It] seemed like it took me forever to get to the school. I was a wreck."


Jordan’s daughter was walking with her 6-year-old cousin to Merrill Park Elementary, at 1800 Grout St., after having just been dropped off by her father. That’s when the victim, a student crossing guard, and her cousin, were approached on foot by the man.
Police were called out to investigate immediately.
"The building administrator also saw this person and attempted to wave and say “hi,” but then the person walked away,” said Saginaw Schools spokeswoman Safiya Mosely. “The person fit the same description the student reported to him later on."
The alleged abductor is described as a black man wearing a tan-colored coat.
Armed with a description of the man, police now have heightened patrols in the area and everyone, especially parents, are keeping their eyes peeled.
Police said the girls are a bit shaken up from the ordeal. The mom says, from now on, the father will watch their daughter until she makes it inside the building.

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