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Edgewater police investigate attempted abduction near school

Man asked 9-year-old student to come to his house, police say

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EDGEWATER, Fla. – Edgewater police continue to investigate an attempted abduction near an elementary school.

Police said a 9-year old boy was riding his bicycle Wednesday to Edgewater Public Elementary School when he was approached by a man who was walking.

The man asked the child if he wanted to come to his house, but the boy got scared and ran home, police said.

"It's very concerning seeing how I have a 4-year-old daughter myself, and it's scary to even think of that, because I would think I should feel safe next to the school," said Megan Hall, who lives nearby.

School officials sent a message alerting parents of the incident.

"Good afternoon, parents. This is Mr. Reaves principal of Edgewater Public School, with an important safety message.

"This morning before school, there was a report of a stranger who approached a student riding his bicycle to school about a quarter of mile away from the campus. Thankfully, the student was unharmed. The parent contacted the school who then notified law enforcement.

"Edgewater Police is investigating the report and will maintain a vigilant presence in the community near the campus. 

"At dismissal, we reminded our students to walk in groups and if they see any suspicious behavior to report it to an adult right away. This evening, please take the opportunity to continue the conversation about strangers and how to handle a situation should your student be approached. If you have questions regarding this incident, please feel free to contact the school. We appreciate your continued support as we work to keep our campus safe for our students and faculty. Thank you."

The man was described as 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a heavy build, medium-length black hair and a long black goatee. The child said he was wearing a black long-sleeved T-shirt, black shorts, black tennis shoes and sunglasses.

Because of the incident, police said there will be extra patrols in the area at both elementary schools in the city.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Edgewater police.