Spring Valley, CA–The Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station wants parents to be aware after a stranger approached a student in Spring Valley on February 28.
The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. as a 13-year-old student was walking to Spring Valley Academy. It was reported to the Sheriff’s Department on March 4.
The student told detectives she crossed a parking lot of a nearby drug store in the 9600 block of Campo Road when a man inside of a black Toyota Prius asked if she needed a ride. She says she declined and that’s when the driver demanded she gets into his car. The girl told detectives she ran across the street to avoid the situation. She made it to campus safely and reported the incident to the school staff.
The student describes the driver as a white man between 29 and 30 years-old with short, curly, red hair. He was wearing reading glasses and had a clean-shaven face. The Toyota Prius was a newer model with no distinctive markings or stickers. She says she saw 7, B, and 1 on the car’s license plate. The digits are believed to be in that order, but it is unknown wherein the license plate the numbers are located.
As detectives investigate this incident, there appears to be no connection at this time to two other recent incidents of strangers approaching children in Spring Valley.
Parents and guardians should remind their children about basic safety precautions when it comes to strangers:
- It is always a good idea to avoid walking alone.
- If a stranger approaches and attempts to have a conversation with you, do not respond. Walk or run away.
- Do not accept anything from a stranger.
- Do not get in the vehicle of a stranger, regardless of what they tell you.
- Report the incident to your parents and/or school personnel, and most importantly, the Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.