GISD alerts parents of possible predator

October 15, 2009 10:18:50 AM PDT
Galveston ISD has ramped up patrols after two elementary school students said a man tried to force them into a vehicle. The incident reportedly happened Wednesday at approximately 4pm. A woman called Galveton police to report her two nieces, who attend Rosenberg Elementary, said that a man had attempted to grab them and drag them into a van.

Galveston Police interviewed the girls, ages 7 and 9, then referred the incident to school district police.

Galveston ISD Police Chief LeeRoy Amador said after further interviews, they learned the incident took place behind Scott Elementary near 42nd Street and Ave N close to the two garbage dumpsters on the northeast side of the school.

The suspect was described as a slim, black, middle-aged male, with a shaved head and a medium completion, wearing an orange or tan shirt. The vehicle is a newer, gold or tan van, with four darkly tinted windows, according to police.

One victim told authorities she did not see anyone else in the passenger front seat and thinks he was alone. She stated she and her sister were walking along the road when she heard the vehicle engine approaching and turned around and saw the man with the driver window down and door open, slowly approaching the girls.

Investigators say the girls immediately took off running and when they looked back, they say the suspect was not pursuing them. They arrived safely at their aunt's home, which is when she called police.

Chief Amador noted his police units will continue to patrol the district throughout the school days to insure the safety of students.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Galveston Independent School District Police Department at 409-766-5811, after hour's number GISD-Police number 409-692-2923. Or you can call the Galveston Police Department at 409-765-3702.

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