SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping near Venetucci Elementary in Security-Widefield.
The incident was reported to a school resource officer at Venetucci at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014.
The sheriff's office says a 9-year-old boy was walking to school when a vehicle pulled up to him near the intersection of Willis Drive and Goret Drive. The victim told the SRO that the man said something to him that he didn't understand before pulling up closer and reaching out the window toward him.
The vehicle then drove northbound on Security Boulevard and the victim continued on to school to report the incident.
The vehicle involved is described as an older model, red two or four door car. The driver was in his 20s with a bald head. He was wearing sunglasses and a gray T-shirt.
The passenger in the vehicle is described as a medium skinned male in his 30s with a buzz cut.
Widefield School District 3 says it sent a note to parents alerting them to the incident. The district says it has increased safety and security presence in and around its facilities during this last week of school. It also says that students are often reminded about stranger danger at school.
Safe Passage is a nonprofit in Colorado Springs that focuses on helping young victims of abuse, including abductions. Executive Director Wilene Lampert sat in one of its interview rooms Monday and explained its purpose.
"When a child has been abducted and then hopefully is returned safely, that child needs to have a forensic interview and we are the best place to do it," said Lampert.
Three trained interviewers are on Safe Passage's staff that meet with the victim. The interview is recorded and used by police.
"They (police) don't have to ask that child to tell their story over and over again during the investigation," said Lampert.
Kidpower of Colorado works to ensure children know what to do during close calls, like the one near Venetucci Elementary.
"For whatever reason it seems like we have had a lot of attempted abductions incidents in our community so it's really important that parents know how to talk to with kids about situations with strangers," said Kidpower of Colorado Executive Director Jan Isaacs Henry.
The nonprofit has trained 40,000 children, teens and adults in Colorado. It visited Venetucci Elementary where the 9-year-old goes to school this past fall.
"I am glad that he was able to get away from the situation and help from his school which is exactly what he needed to do," said Isaacs Henry.
She said Monday's news was scary, but parents don't need to live in fear.
"Have the conversation because there is no sense to be worried all the times about these things if kids have the basic skills for when they are on their own," said Isaacs Henry.
Anyone with information is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.