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October 30, 2012 (Alpine)  --Alpine Union School Superintendent Tom Pellerino has sent a letter to parents today describing a man questioned by law enforcement for twice approaching a middle school student and offering a ride. A detailed description of the man and his vehicle is provided in his letter below. 

Dear Alpine Parents & Community Members,

Yesterday, the District learned from law enforcement that they desired to locate and speak to an older gentleman who, on two separate days, may have asked one of our middle school students if she needed a ride. The individual was identified by an Alpine resident and reported to authorities. Authorities spoke with the person in question today. Law enforcement has informed the District that no crime has been committed; however, in an abundance of caution, we are asking that you maintain a high level of vigilance when accompanying your students to and from school. The Sheriff's Department has assigned personnel to continue monitoring the situation. 

The description of the older gentleman, the make/model of his car, and a partial license plate are as follows:

  • Male, over 65 years old with large grey & white mustache
  • Light blue eyes
  • Tan or darker skinned
  • Vehicle: Silver 4 door Toyota Avalon (1997) 
  • last four digits of license plate (F053)

Please be on the lookout so that we can be hyper-vigilant around our campuses and the greater Alpine area to protect our children. If you see someone that matches the description above and he is loitering around children, call 911.

I will continue working to coordinate with the Sheriff's Department so that we protect students but do not compromise the investigation. The man's name and address must remain confidential at this time (I have not been given this personal information either.)

If you have questions, please email or call me.

Tom Pellegrino, Superintendent

Alpine Union School District


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