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April 17, 2012

Police look into abduction attempt

DANVILLE — Police are stressing stranger safety for local children following an attempted abduction Monday morning outside a Danville school.

The abduction attempt was reported after 8 a.m. Monday at Schlarman Academy, 1307 N. Walnut St.

Danville Police Deputy Director Doug Miller said the female student was walking in front of the school when a man in a small red pickup truck pulled up alongside her and asked her to get in.

The student, Miller said, refused to get in and took off running. The pickup truck was last seen driving northbound on North Walnut Street away from the school.

“We emphasize to parents that children not have any contact with a stranger if approached and report it to school authorities and police,” Miller said, who indicated the incident remains under investigation.

“We take these reports very seriously and investigate them as such,” he added.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s with grey hair and wearing a red sleeveless shirt.

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