Parent Gaylene Kahn takes as many students to school as she can in her Stockton neighborhood as a way to ensure their safety.
On Friday at 8:15 a.m., Kahn was shocked to hear a high school-aged girl escaped a possible kidnapping just feet from her home.
It was the latest of six recent incidents involving men approaching school-aged kids in Stockton — all within the same week, and all of them near schools.
“It pretty much shocked me when I got the phone call from the school,” said Kahn. “My kids like to be outside so it is scary.”
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Detectives say a man in an older white vehicle pulled in front of the teen and told her to get in the car. The girl refused and the suspect took off north on Harrisburg Place, near Rosecrans Way.
The suspect was described as an unshaven white male in his 40’s with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a tan or brown wind breaker and had brown rotted teeth.
“Having someone this close to our house makes me uneasy,” said parent Jacob Andrews.
Andrews has a 15-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son who attend schools near the incident. He says it not the first time he has heard of attempted kidnapping in the area.
“We have reports here and there from schools around the area of suspicious people, but we have never seen them in succession so fast,” said Andrews.
On Monday, Stockton Police released a sketch of a man who they say tried to pull a 15-year-old girl into his car, but she broke free. It happened on Holman Rd. and Bryant Dr. near Cesar Chavez High School.
The suspect was described as a 30 to 40-year-old Indian man between 5 feet, 8 inches tall to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and had a thin build.
Police are asking students to walk in groups and run to a safe place if they are approached by strangers. They are also asking students and parents to get a good suspect description and notify police as soon as they see suspicious activity.