Attempted kidnapping at Vista elementary school campus under investigation
Incident occurred at Foothill Oak Elementary
Last Updated: 268 days ago
VISTA, Calif. - A brazen apparent attempted kidnapping on a Vista elementary school campus Monday afternoon has one 10-year-old girl and her parents terrified.
Fifth grader Rosalie Sanchez volunteers for what is called the safety patrol at Foothill Oak Elementary School.
"I was standing over there because I'm a cross guard," she said.
Rosalie told 10News the driver of a black Toyota pickup drove onto the Foothill Oak Elementary School campus as school let out and stared at her.
Then, about 10 minutes later, he returned. Rosalie said he rolled down his window and said, "'Get in the car. Your mom sent me to come pick you up.'"
"[I said] 'Sorry, I don't know you,'" she said.
Rosalie then ran inside the office and called her mother.
"I was just panicked," said Rosalie's mother, Javae Sanchez. "The first question was where are you? Are you with an adult? And she said, 'Yeah, I'm inside the office.' And I said, 'Does the lady at the front desk know?' She said no and I said, 'Give her the phone now.'"
Rosalie was one of five safety patrol volunteers after school on Monday. She told 10News there was no adult supervision.
"We are now going to be looking at where we let our kids sit in the afternoon and bring them even closer," said Principal Erin English. "We're looking to make things safer and safer all the time."
In the meantime, Rosalie has quit safety patrol while sheriff's deputies look for the driver, who is described as an African-American man in his mid-30's with a muscular build and a dragon tattoo on his left arm.
When asked what she would do if she sees him again, Rosalie said, "I would scream."
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