UPDATE: Attempted abduction in Cherokee didn't involve student
Cherokee, IOWA (KTIV) -
Just before noon Thursday, the Cherokee Police Department says it responded to an attempted abduction incident near the city's Central Park by Fareway.
Authorities say a 22-year-old adult male reported he was approached by a male suspect driving a silver van. The driver asked the young man where he was going, and told to "get in the car". The victim tells police he refused, and continued walking to work. The suspect turned around and drove away without any further contact.
The driver is described as a male with short, gray hair in his forties or fifties. The van is described as a silver, newer model van (2000 or newer). Anyone with any information should contact the Cherokee Police Department.
The following is a release from Cherokee CSD Superintendent John Chalstrom:
In order to provide accurate information and prevent the spread of erroneous rumors, I would like to clarify reports that have been circulating in the school and community regarding a possible child abduction.
There was no attempt to abduct a student of the Cherokee CSD. This morning, local law enforcement received a report from an adult who claimed to have been stopped by a gentleman in his 50's and told to get in his van. The adult did not get in the van, reported to work, and contacted law enforcement nearly an hour later.
I have been in close contact with local law enforcement and while we will never dismiss any allegation of this nature, I believe our students are safe and there is no immediate threat.
We will remain vigilant and implement our daily procedures that ensure the safety of our students. Adults will be outside the building (as they are daily at dismissal time). Law enforcement will remain visible and cooperate with our schools to provide a safe environment
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