CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The North Ridgeville Police Department has posted a community alert after a report of a attempted abduction of a third grade student.
Police said around 2:30 p.m. this past Friday officers took a complaint from a parent of a third grade North Ridgeville student for a possible criminal child enticement and attempted abduction in the area of Ridgeview Boulevard near Elder Street.
Investigators said the girl said when she got off her school bus she was approached by an older man in a dark colored car.
The girl said the man tried to get her to get into the car, according to police.
After the third grade student refused the man continued to be persistent, according to investigators.
Authorities said the man claimed to be the student’s grandfather.
The student continued to refuse to get in the car and made it to her babysitter’s house and shared the whole incident with the babysitter, according to authorities.
Police said man drove off in the southbound direction on Ridgeview Boulevard toward Drake Street.
Investigators said a second student confirmed the third grader’s story of what had happened.
After this incident was reported police now want everyone in the community to be observant and vigilant during bus pick-up and drop-off times including anytime kids are outside.
Police said the man described in the incident is elderly with gray or white hair driving driving a dark colored sedan.
Officers also want parents to talk to their kids about stranger danger and reviewing with them of what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
Investigators suggested parents come up with a code word which is only known by the parents, their kid and anyone who picks them up.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 440-327-2191.