Lafayette, CA

Attempted Kidnapping Near Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, Says Superintendent

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On September 2, 2022, Superintendent Dr. Brent Stevens sent a message to members and families of the Lafayette School District and obtained by the Bay Area Telegraph, reporting what he described as an "attempted kidnapping" near Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.

According to Stevens' email, "Near Moraga Blvd., a female student who was walking to school was approached by a man driving his car. He is reported to have stopped his car, asked if the student was alone, and then got out of his car and grabbed her by the shoulder. Fortunately, she was able to get free and run away, and the man sped off. The student was shaken by what happened, but not injured."

Stevens made clear that the incident immediately became a police matter. In his words, "Police arrived at the school within minutes of being notified of the incident, and were at the school all morning, conducting interviews, collecting evidence, and reviewing video footage. " Both the District and the police are devoting "substantial resources" to the case, Stevens reported in his email.

"If you live in the area of Monroe Avenue, 1st Street, and Moraga Boulevard, and have a camera at your home, we encourage you to contact the Lafayette Police Department," Stevens said.

This is a fast-breaking story, and additional updates are likely to be released as it develops.

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