RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Officials warned parents Tuesday about a pair of attempted abductions that took place this week near a Riverside middle school.
Gage Middle School Principal Pablo Sanchez sent a letter home to parents Monday about the incidents which took place earlier that morning near the campus, located at 6400 Lincoln Avenue.
The first incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. near the intersection of David Street and Marguerita Avenue.
“A black SUV approached one of our female students on her way to school and offered her a ride,” Sanchez said in the letter. “The student quickly ran into a friends house near by.”
The second attempted abduction happened around 7:08 a.m. near the intersection of Jane Street and Lincoln Avenue, he said.
“A late model white 2 door Toyota truck approached a different female student and attempted to strike a conversation, the student quickly called her mother on the cell phone and the truck pulled away,” Sanchez said.
The suspect in both incidents was described as a Hispanic man with short curly hair and a mustache.
The Riverside Police Department is investigating the incidents and has been asked to maintain an increased visibility around the school.
Administrators are recommending that students walk with someone to and from campus and to be aware of their surroundings.
The school is also organizing parents for a volunteer watch group before and after class.