Sonoma Sheriffs Investigate Attempted Child Abduction at El Verano Elementary School

The attempted kidnapping took place at a Sonoma Valley elementary school

Sonoma County Sheriffs detectives are trying to piece together the identity of a man suspected of attempting to kidnap a child from a Sonoma Valley elementary school.

On Thursday, a child reported that a man approached her on school grounds at and tried to lure her away by asking if she needed a ride home, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

"When the child refused the suspect grabbed her by the arm, but she was able to escape by running away," according to a sheriff's press release.

Police believe that the suspect has also attempted to kidnap children twice before at different Valley schools over the past several months, but in each of those cases, the man only asked the girls if they needed a ride home, according to the Sheriff's Department.

When the girls refused, the man turned and walked way, police said. Deputies from the Valley substation are working alongside the and the in an effort to identify the man.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, 30 years old, approximately 5'08" to 6' tall, average to thin build.  He is clean shaven or might have a light mustache and has a medium to dark complexion.

The man spoke English with a heavy accent and fluent Spanish. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt over his head, jeans and athletic shoes.  He also wore a neck chain with a dollar sign pendant and a diamond stud earrin. He is associated with a red compact passenger car, similar to a Ford Focus.  

The parents of the schools in the area have been alerted. Any person with information about this incident or suspect is encouraged to contact the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Investigations Bureau, the Valley Sub-station, or the Sonoma Police Department.

Brittany Khounsaknarath February 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I feel that a lot more should be being done. I am extremely surprised that he has had so many opportunities to approach students w/ no teachers noticing. They should have been on high alert after the 1st attempt. There definitely needs to be added security or a police officer on sight. I also think that any side entrances to the schools should be closed off while all of this is going on.
Dorothy February 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I agree that the schools need to take some action to protect their students. At this point, just telling the students to be careful and not to go with strangers is not enough. School dismissal should be carefully supervised and it might be a good idea to have an additional visable security presence whether it is from the police or from parents.
Dee Baucher February 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Cameras at entrances and exits of schools would provide better surveillance, and are inexpensive today. This will eventually become mandated for places such as schools. Until this guy is caught, adults should chaperone all the kids outside school premises.
Suzanne Barbara February 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Cameras are a good idea, but there must be someone watching them and ready to move if they see something that is vaguely suspicious. An increased security presence is needed. Perhaps "walking clubs" could be organized for those students who walk home from school because their parents work. This is a time for the police, the schools and the parents to really work together to see that this guy is caught before he does any more serious harm. .
franklinfranco June 13, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I think this is disturbing why is this guy doing this. but look a girl from morgen hill is missing and they almost gave the same discription the morgen hill police said the suspect .was hispanic looked like a gang member had a red car and I think this guy can be him


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