A middle school student who was abducted on his way to school was able to safely escape, his school confirmed Monday afternoon.
In a letter sent to parents, Eisenhower Middle School principal John Smith said he was made aware of the incident after the boy's parent contacted San Antonio Police.
According to the letter, the boy was on his way to his bus stop at the Blanco Crossing Apartments on Blanco Road Monday morning, when a black sedan approached him. The boy says that a man got out of the vehicle and forced him into it.
The boy told police he was able to get away and run home when the car stopped at a gas station.
SAPD is investigating the incident and say the suspect is still on the loose. In the letter, Principal Smith describes the man as "white, average height, with short hair and a beard."
In his letter, Principal Smith emphasized the importance of discussing "stranger danger" and included these safety tips:
- Stay with a group when walking to and/or from home.
- Be cautious of adults asking for help.
- If approached by a person offering rides, walk away.
- Never get in a car with anyone unless your parent/guardian knows about it first.
- Make sure that parents are familiar with the route that students take home and have for communication.
- Know where to go for help.
- Report any suspicious people or activities to a trusted adult and/or NEPD and SAPD.
- If your child has a cell phone, instruct them on whom to call for help.
Principal Smith urges anyone with questions or concerns to contact the school at (210) 356-3505.