PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating after three separate reports of attempted abductions near schools in North Phoenix in the past two weeks.
All three incidents reportedly occurred inside the perimeters between Shea Boulevard and Cholla Street from 28th to 32nd streets.
Parents from Desert Cove Elementary School and Shadow Mountain High School are on edge after receiving multiple notices about “stranger dangers” in a period of just two weeks.
“It’s kind of freaky,” said Dina Davault, the parent of a 12-year-old. “I thought about letting him, now that he’s in middle school, ride his bike, but a little scary. So you still worry at this age."
The first incident occurred last week as a high school-aged boy was walking to football practice near 30th Street and Cholla.
Police said he was approached by a beige Toyota Corolla with two white men between the ages of 40 and 50 inside. The man in the passenger seat tried to pull the boy into the car, but he managed to get away.
Then Monday, a grade school-aged boy walking home from Desert Cove Elementary School was approached by a heavy-set man who grabbed the boy’s shoulder and turned him around and said, “Don’t you remember me? I’m Robert.”
According to school officials the man told the boy, “Your mother sent me.” The boy ran to safety.
Also Monday, a girl walking near Shadow Mountain High School near 32nd Street and Shea told police a man tried to lure her into his car.
None of the children was injured and police said they are unsure if the incidents are connected.
Police are urging parents to discuss the possibility of “stranger danger” with their children and help them formulate a plan of action.
Anyone with information on the attempted abductions is asked to call Phoenix police at 602-292-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.