COLLEGE PLACE - City police reported today of an attempt to lure a child into a car last week.
Chief Dennis Lepiane said the attempt happened about 2:30 p.m. Friday in front of Davis Elementary School, 31 S.E. Ash Ave., as students were being dismissed for the day. Police said the incident wasn't reported to the department until Monday.
Lepiane said today aschool official indicated there was some confusion exhibited by the victim and that by the beginning of school Monday, she was clearer on her description of what took place.
"It was also the end of the school day and some of the school officials were not available to discuss the incident. There was also a language barrier," he said in an email.
"They were advised to call immediately and get some assistance in sorting out the details.
"This is what was relayed to me. The best practice would be to call immediately, but due to the student’s confusion, it took a period of time to sort through this."
Lepiane said in a news release that a school official told police a third-grader was standing on the sidewalk in front of the school waiting for her mother to pick her up.
"According to the student, there was an older model four-door sedan parked on the east side of Ash Ave. and Whitman Drive intersection," Lepiane said. "The student indicated she was spoken to by a male subject, who opened the right rear passenger door and offered her a ride. The student did not recognize this individual, refused his offer and backed away from the car. The subject was reported to have driven off at that point."
The suspect was described as a white male with a thin build in his late 20s to early 30s.
The girl's mother arrived within a couple of minutes and was interviewed by a school official. She said she did not have any knowledge of the suspect's identity and had made no arrangements for anyone else to take the girl home.
Rogers School has been notified of the incident and school officials have been asked to maintain their vigilance and notify police of any suspicious activities or persons loitering near the school.