District issues warning after man tries to lure girl

April 17, 2012 1:52:42 PM PDT
The Mount Diablo Unified School District issued a "stranger danger" alert to parents after a man tried to lure a seventh-grade girl into his van as she was walking to El Dorado Middle School on Monday morning.

In a phone message to parents, Superintendent Steven Lawrence said the student was walking on Glazier Drive in Concord when a man in a beige van approached her and repeatedly asked her to get into his vehicle.

The student declined and walked away from the van, but the man continued to offer her a ride. She repeatedly told the man "no," and went to a safe location, where she called a parent to pick her up, Lawrence said.

The parent drove the seventh-grader to school, where the she described the suspect to administrators as a bald, heavyset man in his 30s with a black goatee and mustache, possibly of Polynesian descent, Lawrence said.

Lawrence urged parents to remind their children not to speak with strangers, and to tell an adult immediately if a stranger approaches them.

Lawrence also urged students to walk in groups.

"There is safety in numbers," Lawrence said.