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Communities On High Alert After Alleged Attempted Abductions
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Mar. 30, 2012 9:09 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 31, 2012 12:22 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Police are on high alert looking for two men reported to be involved in three alleged abduction attempts in Wayne, Mingo, and Kanawha Counties since last Tuesday.
On Friday, some quick thinking students and teachers may have scared off a potential predator at Grandview Elementary.
"These types of incidents, generally, are very rare. Thank goodness," explains Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
A rare crime, but a real scenario playing out across our region.
"I told them about the vehicle, what it looked like. Be on the lookout for a white van, if you're approached...run!" said South Charleston Middle School Principal Harry Graves.
Principals, teachers, parents...all warning their children of a potential predator who's allegedly attempting to kidnap children.
"The predator appears to be targeting or at least prefering teenage females, but that's not to say he might target someone else," says Crosier.
Students at teachers are Grandview Elementary in Charleston played it safe on Friday after a suspicious man was spotted by some students during lunch.
"We had some fifth graders that saw a man out in the woods, which normally wouldn't be much of a concern, but with the recent events I decided that I should call the police amd have them just come in a check out the situation," explained principal Michelle Settle.
Police combed the area, but found no suspect. They also stayed while students were dismissed.
"For all we know it could have been someone hiking, or it could have been the predator. We just wanted to be extra cautious," said Settle.
For Graves, it's about teaching his students what to do if they fall victim.
"You want the detterant, pluss you want to train your students what to do in the case," he said.
Erring on the side of caution, until those behind the crimes are tracked down.
"If the victim makes a lot of noise and or travels in a number of two or three or four, that predator is less likely to target them," says Crosier.
Police are still looking for a white van, possibly box style, that's been spotted at the attempted kidnappings. They say two suspects may be working together.
One man is described as 50-60 years in age, with balding gray hair, and a bad eye. He also has a pot belly.
If you have any information, or spot the suspects, call 911 immediately.
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