Parents in the Scripps Ranch area are on high alert after receiving an alert from a neighborhood watch group about a possible attempted child kidnapping.
Two men in a gray pickup truck approached a young girl walking on Roxboro Road to Dingeman Elementary School on Wednesday morning and asked her to get inside the truck, according to the alert. The girl ran back home and called for help and the suspects drove off.
The suspects are described as having brown hair and being in their early 30s.
San Diego police confirmed that its northeast juvenile services department received a report of the incident.
Police do not have a license plate number, nor have they released a sketch of the suspects.
Parents who live in the area said the report was a huge wakeup call to stranger danger.
“It’s just so close to home and how much worse it could’ve ended up if she hadn’t run away,” said Dingeman Elementary School parent Morgan Daversa.
“Something like this (happening) just worries me,” echoed Hooban Forsman, another Dingeman parent. “How awful it could’ve been and it’s just – it’s worrisome.”
When reached for comment, a San Diego Unified School District spokeswoman said the report should serve as a reminder for the community to be vigilant.
“We encourage our families and neighbors to help us be watchful and vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately, as was done in this incident, as a way of working together to keep our communities (and schools) safe,” said district spokeswoman Ursula Kroemer.