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Parents informed of attempted abduction near NLV school

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A letter recently sent to parents of students at a North Las Vegas elementary school informed them of an attempted kidnapping that took place in front of the campus.

In a letter dated April 2, Priest Elementary School Principal Joan Jurgensen said a girl was approached by a man the day before in front of the school located at 4150 Fuselier Dr.

According to Jurgensen's letter, the man grabbed the girl and tried to force her into a white van before the child was able to get away from him.

Authorities were notified of the incident and an investigation was ongoing, the letter read.

"I was shocked and scared for my kids and the other kids that come here. You want your kids to be safe at school," said parent Irene Alvarado. She said the letter presented the perfect opportunity to remind her kids of the importance of stranger danger.

"I just let them know they can't go with anybody but me or daddy and if anyone even tries to talk to them, to not even engage in a conversation with them. - to just ignore them and walk away," she said.

North Las Vegas police said they are investigating the report of the attempted abduction, but sometimes students make up reports of this nature. At this time, they said the letter from the school is the only report of the incident they've seen.

Police added that regardless of the outcome of their investigation, the incident is a good reminder to be vigilant.

The letter said anyone with information of the incident should notify Metro's Crimes Against Youth and Family Bureau at 702-828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

The letter went on to give tips for parents to tell their children when they are outside of school. Those tips include:

  • Walk in groups to and from school.
  • Never take rides from strangers.
  • If a stranger approaches you, keep a safe distance and think of a direction to run if needed.
  • Shout and yell as loud as you can.
  • Never give out your name or address to people you do not know. This is especially true on the internet.
  • Run to a safe place, i.e., school, church, store, etc.
  • Always let your parents or guardians know where you are. Take the same route to school every day.
  • Be sure you know your parents' full names, addresses, and phone numbers.
  • If possible, get a license plate number.

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