Merced Police are warning children and parents to be especially cautious after a possible kidnapping attempt Thursday afternoon in North Merced.
In a statement released Friday, police said a Cruickshank Middle School student was approached by a stranger at about 4 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Sunset Drive and Trinity Court.
The man pulled his car to the side of the road, then called out to the student in a demanding voice to “Get in the car!” the police statement said.
A group of elementary school students standing nearby also heard the man’s call. All the children immediately ran away, then reported the incident to adults, police said.
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They described the man as about 30 years old and Latino. They said he was bald with a mustache and that he drove a dark blue GMC Yukon.
School officials and the children’s parents were notified, police said.
They are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Merced Police Department at (209) 385-6912, or the anonymous tip line at (209)385-4725.
-- Corinne Reilly