HISPANIC MAN IN MAROON PICKUP TRIED TO LURE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL TEEN INTO VEHICLE

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By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont High School’s principal sent a letter to all parents yesterday warning of a apparent attempt to kidnap a female student on Tuesday, September 8th. 

According to Principal Daniel Barnes, the teen girl was waiting for a ride at 3:30 p.m. near the baseball field on Milden Avenue when she was approached by a man, who beckoned to her with a cigarette and told her to “get in” his vehicle. She refused and the man drove off on Water Street.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic man about 30 to 40 years old with brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, round face and large mole on his right cheek.  He was driving  a maroon single cab pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150, older model with chipped paint.

Principal Barnes letter to parents also states, “As a precautionary measure, please make sure your child does not travel to school alone.  It’s always best to walk with a buddy or group of friends.”

If you see anyone in the vicinity of Grossmont High School or the nearby neighborhood who matches this description, please call El Cajon Police at (619)579-3311 or La Mesa Police at (619)667-1400. 

Witnesses are also asked to report any suspicious behavior to the Assistant Principal’s office or call the school’s Resource Officer, Officer Johns-Davis, at (619)668-6074.