School increases security after attempted kidnapping in Otay Mesa

Posted at 6:29 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 21:29:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The middle school a teenage girl was walking home from when she was nearly kidnapped is boosting security measures on and around campus.

Sweetwater Union High School District officials confirmed Wednesday there will be extra supervisors checking students out of school and patrols by the San Diego Police Department as the year winds down at Montgomery Middle School.

“We request parents and students continue to be aware of their surroundings when arriving and leaving school,” the school district wrote to parents in part of mass notification sent out Wednesday.

The district also suggested that students maximize awareness while walking home by avoiding distraction from mobile devices.

Police are still searching for the man they say tried to kidnap at 13-year-old girl walking home from school Tuesday.

The incident happened at on Picador Blvd near Beyer Way at approximately 5:15 p.m. The student was reportedly leaving an extra credit academic session when a black van began following her.

The suspect, described as a white male between 50-60 years old with a beard and raspy voice, asked the victim if she wanted to get in her van.

According to the police, the suspect then grabbed the girl’s wrist trying to pull her in the van, but she escaped. A witness told authorities the van’s license plate may began with a ‘J’ or ‘K.’