PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A Portsmouth mother wants to warn other parents about a man who she says approached her daughter Monday morning and could have been trying to kidnap her.
The woman has a 13-year-old daughter who attends Cradock Middle School and did not want to provide her name. She said her daughter was at the intersection of Afton Parkway and Prospect Parkway on Monday morning when an older man in a gray hooded sweatshirt rolled down the window of a white pickup truck with silver rims.
“He told her it was too cold to be out here walking, to ‘get in my truck,’ and she immediately ran to the cross guard and knocked on the window and told him what happened,” she said.
Her daughter was unable to provide a detailed description of the man.
The woman said her daughter told an employee at the school about the encounter when she arrived. She said no one from the school called her and she did not learn what happened until her daughter got home from school Monday.
“I’m so thankful that she’s still here with me because it could have been worse. God spared my child, and I’m thankful for that,” she said.
She said that her daughter normally walks with a group of friends, but went alone Monday when the others went to school by car.
“She said, ‘Ma, I felt like I was okay because I was right here by the school,’ but I let her know it’s not okay to be by yourself,” she said.
The woman said she called Portsmouth Police once she found out and filed a report about the incident. Portsmouth Police spokeswoman Detective Misty Holley confirmed an officer took down the information and said a detective has been assigned to investigate the case. She said school officials never notified police about the student’s report.
The mother said the school principal told her Tuesday morning that she was unaware of what happened, but would look into it. 10 On Your Side left messages with the school district and the superintendent’s office, but they did not respond Tuesday. A school board clerk referred 10 On Your Side to school district leaders.
If you know anything about this case, you’re asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.