Parents on high alert after attempted abductions in Buckeye

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – Buckeye parents are concerned following two reported attempted abductions near elementary schools this week.

The first one happened Monday afternoon near Buckeye Elementary School.

Police said two girls, ages 7 and 12, reported that a white male with blue eyes and wearing a black ski mask stopped them after they got off their school bus in the area of 255th Avenue and Beloat Avenue.

The man told the girls to get into his vehicle, but they refused and ran home where they immediately told their parents.

The girls described the vehicle as a dark blue, older model (possible GMC) box van with a Pittsburgh Steelers sticker in the back window.

Police said a 9-year-old boy walking to WestPark Elementary School Tuesday morning reported being stopped by a man in a van matching the same description. The driver reportedly tried to lure the student into his vehicle, but he was able to get away and arrived at school safely.

The Buckeye Elementary School District has notified parents of the incidents.

Police have received numerous phone calls and are following up on every lead.

Parents and police are on the lookout for the van. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.