CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — Students at an elementary school in Claremont are keeping a watchful eye out for a man who tried to kidnap two different children.
CBS2’s Greg Mills reports that police want to make sure the man doesn’t try it again.READ MORE: Southern California Real Estate Market Cools Off In Fall
The students are well aware of what’s going on outside Chaparral Elementary.
“A little boy that was in 4th grade and a girl in 6th grade got asked if they could ride in a car by a person and it was scary,” said 2nd grader Carter Montgomery.
Claremont Police confirm that a man asked the two kids to get into his vehicle on April 12.
“It’s obviously really concerning. we’ve never had anything to my knowledge in this neighborhood or at this school before,” said parent Angela Oakley.
Police said the suspect approached the first student around 3 p.m. but she refused and ran away. Minutes later, at Chaparral Park next to the school, police said the man approached a boy but he also ran off.READ MORE: 'If You Don't Get Vaccinated, Don't Visit': Mayor Of West Hollywood Calls For Proof Of Vaccination For Business Entry
“It really scares us,” said parent Christina Gallegos.
To alert parents, the school and district sent out an email blast. The school has also reminded students to be safe.
“The school’s been real open about what’s happened. both my sons have been talked to about it in class,” Gallegos said
Undercover officers were on campus when school let out today.
Montgomery has a plan in place if the suspect asked him to get in his car.
“I would scream and yell no. and go back where i was coming from,” he said.MORE NEWS: One Killed, Four Injured In El Monte Shooting