LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Some frightening moments for a Lexington middle school student Thursday. Investigators say a man tried to lure her into his truck as she walked to a bus stop.
It happened Thursday morning near the intersection of Lochdale Terrace and Millpond Road.
Now students at multiple schools have been told to be on alert.
Tucked behind the busy streets of Nicholasville Road, sits a quiet neighborhood in the Magnolia Run area. A neighborhood considered so safe that many parents don't think twice about letting their kids walk alone to the bus stop.
But what happened Thursday morning is making parents think twice about how safe their kids really are.
Police say a 14-year-old girl was walking down Lochdale Terrace towards the bus stop when a suspicious man tried to lure her into his pickup truck.
The girl ran away but he circled the block and tried his stint a second time; that's when the young girl ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.
Now, Fayette County school officials are taking action by sending home a letter alerting parents and students at Jessie Clark Middle School, Wellington, Stonewall and Picadome Elementary Schools.
Many parents living in the neighborhood where the incident took place say it's common for their kids to walk to the bus stop by themselves but after this, they say they'll be keeping a much closer eye on their children.
“Be careful with your kids. I used to let her walk down to the bus stop but now I will not, each parent should just do something to make sure their kids are safe because you never know what could happen to them,” said Nasiba Abdulla, who lives nearby.
The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-20s to mid-30s with a dark tan and dark hair. He was driving a reddish pickup truck with chrome stacks.
Officers are increasing patrols in the area.
Here's the letter sent to the schools:
We have had a wonderful start to our school year! The kids are full of enthusiasm for learning and our staff is excited to work with every student and family to ensure academic and social success!
As you know, your children are our number one priority at Jessie Clark Middle and their safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us. In an effort to maintain open lines of communication between home and school, I wanted to let you know about an incident that happened today in one of the neighborhoods our school serves.
This morning near the intersection of Winthrop Drive and Millpond Road, a Jessie Clark Middle School student on the way to the bus stop was approached by a man driving a reddish pickup truck with chrome stacks. According to her report to the Lexington Police, the man told the student he was looking for his dog and asked her to get into the truck with him. The student screamed and ran away and the truck sped off. She resumed her walk the bus stop and the truck circled back alongside her again. She screamed again and ran to a nearby home for assistance. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s to mid-30s with a dark tan and dark hair.
The incident has been reported to the Lexington Police Department and they are investigating. Students also reported seeing this suspicious truck in the area yesterday. Officers will also increase patrols in the vicinity where the truck has been spotted.
This provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce with our kids how important it is for them to be aware of their surroundings and to be cautious around strangers. Students who walk to school or the bus stop are encouraged to stay in pairs or groups, avoid darkened areas and use main streets instead of shortcuts. Especially with school being out tomorrow, please be vigilant about keeping an eye on your children and encourage them to be careful.
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children and for your understanding that we take matters like this very seriously. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me with questions or concerns at 381-3036.