Man sought in attempted Dayton kidnapping incident
Tips and strategies for Children to know:
Know your name, address, and phone number.
Use the buddy system—avoid walking anywhere alone.
Trust your instincts—if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it take to attract attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or ‘this is not my mom.”
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an attempted kidnapping at a Dayton elementary school.
Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, an unknown male approached a female Sutro Elementary student near the area of Crown Point and Golden Pick and asked her to come with him by offering her candy. The student ran away immediately and no contact was made, said Lyon County officials.
The male is described as a white adult male in his 30s with a thin build and short blonde spiked hair. He’s said to be 5-9 and was wearing dark colored jeans, a white and gray shirt and wearing reading glasses. The suspect was on foot and no vehicle was seen.
An email was sent to Sutro parents, informing them of the incident. The email stated teachers were asked to have a conversation with students regarding strategies to avoid talking to adults and accepting rides or gifts from strangers.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also strongly encourages parents to talk with their children about strangers and suspicious behavior. Helpful resources can be found at the National Crime Prevention Council website at http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers.
If anyone has any information or may have witnessed this incident, please contact Deputy Strobel with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 775-246-6200, Lyon County Dispatch Center at 775-443-6627 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.