Man Tries to Lure Moreland Middle School Student into Van

The incident took place Dec. 13 before school started, police said.


A Moreland Middle School student was walking to school Thursday morning when a man in what is being described as a "neon green" van followed her, talked to her and offered her a ride.

"She ignored him and when she got to school, came straight to the office and reported it," said Colette Zea, assistant superintendent of human resources. "Within the hour, we sent out a safety alert to all our parents and notified staff."

The school sends safety alert any time there's an emergency or children are in danger, Zea said. Periodically, the alerts are sent to the district from the San Jose Police Department if there is an emergency situation taking place nearby.

"We haven't received a safety alert from PD in a while," she said.

According to San Jose Police Spokesman Jason Dwyer, the call came in at 8:22 a.m. The suspect is described as male, possibly Hispanic with short dark hair, light skin and clean shaven.

"As a green minivan approached her, he told her to get into his van," Dwyer said.

The middle school principal also announced over the intercom safety reminders to students at the end of the day, Zea said.

These tips include:

  • Do not walk alone
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk straight home.

"This is not a common occurrance in our district," she said.


Police said that people with information regarding this event can call 3-1-1. 


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