Attempted kidnappings near Chaparral School, park

Police are on the lookout after a man allegedly tried to coerce two children into his car at Chaparral Elementary School and Chaparral Park on Tuesday, April 12.

The first incident happened at approximately 3 p.m. when a fifth grade girl in front of the school was approached by a man driving a dark or black four-door sedan. The man told the girl to get in his car, according to Lt. Aaron Fate of the Claremont Police Department.

The girl refused and walked toward the principal, at which point the man drove away.

The same suspect then approached a nine-year-old boy, who was waiting to be picked up, in Chaparral Park at approximately 3:20 p.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. The man allegedly drove up to the boy and offered to give the child a ride to his mother, at one point getting out of his car and opening the right passenger door for him.

The boy became scared and ran away towards the rear of the park.

The man is described as a Hispanic male, five-foot-eight and between 30 and 40 years old with a bushy mustache. His car is described as a dark-colored or black four-door sedan with a number 7 in the license plate, according to Lt. Fate.

Undercover officers surveyed Chaparral and Condit Elementary in the days following the incidents, but no suspicious activity was seen, according to Lt. Fate.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

—Matthew Bramlett


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