Man Tries To Abduct San Mateo Girl Outside Elementary School

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Parkside Elementary School in San Mateo

Parkside Elementary School in San Mateo

SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — A police investigation is underway in San Mateo after a 9-year-old  girl reported that a stranger tried to abduct her from an elementary school on Friday afternoon, according to police.

The young girl managed to safely escape the male suspect and  reported the incident to staff members at Parkside Elementary School around  2:45 p.m., police said.

Police were immediately notified of the attempted abduction and  are investigating the incident in collaboration with the San Mateo-Foster  City School District.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s,  standing approximately 6 feet tall with freckles and facial hair, police  said.

Police are actively looking for the suspect and are aware of two  similar incidents that occurred at schools in the nearby area on Friday.

Police said a stranger was escorted away from Horrall Elementary  School and another report of a stranger offering alcohol to students from  Bayside STEM Academy.

San Mateo police officers are keeping a close watch on  playgrounds, parks, and other places children might gather. Police are urging  parents to talk with their children about the dangers of strangers and what  to do in an emergency.

Anyone with information about the incidents should notify the San  Mateo police at (650) 533-7700.

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