2nd Anchorage school student targeted in abduction attempt
Another Anchorage school student – the second in one week – has escaped an attempted abduction, as district officials provide safety updates to parents in the wake of the two cases.
An Anchorage School District announcement sent to all students’ families Friday afternoon mentioned the second incident, which involved “a fifth-grade student who was walking to school.”
“The student involved this morning was able to get away and is safe, but it is clear that our entire community must come together to assure that all of our children are safe traveling to and from school,” ASD officials wrote. “An announcement was made at all schools today and students should have received a flyer with safety tips to bring home.”
A safety flyer was being sent home with all ASD students Friday afternoon. District officials encouraged parents to discuss personal safety with their children.
Anchorage police spokeswoman Nora Morse was still gathering information on the incident, but said the victim was a Ptarmigan Elementary School student who was approached while walking on a trail. The suspect in the case was male.
"When officers responded to the call, the child was already in school,” Morse said. “We didn’t find anybody on the trail."
Morse said police didn't have any detailed description of the suspect available Friday afternoon.
She also said they do not believe the two two cases are related and there is currently no threat to the public, based on their investigation.
On Oct. 6, a female Clark Middle School student waiting at a bus stop near 16th Avenue and Klevin Street told police she was approached by a white man in his mid-30s driving a maroon Jeep. She said the man, who had rashes on his arm and no top teeth, offered her a ride then grabbed her when she refused; she fought free of him, ran to school and reported the incident.
Last week’s suspect hadn’t been apprehended since, police said earlier this week. Morse said detectives were still investigating Friday’s case.
Bonney Bowman and Liz Raines contributed information to this story.