Alert: Smart little Copley girl avoids kidnapping

Alert: Smart little Copley girl avoids kidnapping

COPLEY, OH (WOIO) - An eight-year-old Fort Island School student reported being approached by a suspicious man while she waited for the school bus Wednesday morning in the 400 block of South Hametown Road, near the intersection of Ridgecrest.  The incident took place at about 8:30 a.m.

Reportedly, a man in a blue-green colored pick-up type truck pulled into a driveway and motioned to the girl.  He told her to get into the vehicle.  The girl refused and the vehicle left the area.

Police are still working on a suspect description, but suspect might have been a white male and mid to older age.

The suspect did not make physical contact with the girl, and she did get on the school bus and to school safely.

There have been no similar incidents reported this school year.  Copley Police have been patrolling the neighborhoods in the community in the mornings and afternoons when the buses pick up and drop off students since school started this year.  Police have been using marked and unmarked vehicles and plan to continue to do so into the near future.

Parents should watch their children as they walk to or from the bus stops.  If parents cannot be present when their children leave for school in the morning or return in the afternoon, they should consider asking a neighbor or other responsible adult to monitor their children until they are safely on the bus or back in their home.  Parents should take the time to review safety procedures with their children.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, they should call the Copley Police Department at 330-666-8866. Confidential tips can be left anonymously at Summit County Crlmestoppers at 330-434-COPS (Z677).

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