East Lansing Girl Escapes Would-be Abductor

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Just before 8 am Wednesday, a 12-year-old East Lansing girl was walking to the bus stop near Northlawn and Sunset streets when she realized something wasn't right.

"She noticed she was being followed by a gray Chevy Impala," Sgt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said. "She went to walk a different way, and he got out and demanded she get in."

That's when the girl screamed and ran back home. Her mother then called the police.

"We did get there quite quickly, our chief was on the way to work, and he beat everyone there," Sgt. Wriggelsworth said, "but there was no sign of the car."

The girl describes the driver as a white man, overweight, in his 40s, with brown shaggy hair. He was wearing black sweatpants and a black t-shirt.

When the East Lansing School District heard the news, and confirmed the information with police, they immediately notified parents.

"We used our newest technology, Alert Now, that allows us to notify parents who are on our email alert system," Superintendent David Chapin said.

The superintendent said they also sent letters home Wednesday with students from Glencairn, Marble and MacDonald. He said teachers might also address the situation with their students.

"It's a very alarming incident that happened to one of our students," Chapin said.

Residents of this quite neighborhood were absolutely shocked to hear the news.

"It's frightening, just frightening," Peter DeRose said. "I've been here 15 years and nothing like this has happened here."

But at least some parents said, they'll use this situation as a teaching opportunity.

"Absolutely I'm going to talk about it with [my girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter.] I'm going to tell her to do exactly what this child did, scream, yell, and make a neighbor come out to help." he said.

Police are not releasing the victim's name, but the Superintendent tells News Ten she did go to school Wednesday and seems to be handling the situation well.

Police don't have any suspects yet. If you have any information--- call the East Lansing Police Department at 517-351-4220.

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  • by Rachael on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    As a Glencairn resident and a parent, I think it would be appropriate to say that the ELPD should spend less time focusing on drivers going 5 over on Grand River and more time within and among the streets of Glencairn. There have been countless occasions of people cutting through the neighborhoods at exceeded speeds only to avoid police on Grand River. I have also had and know of others who have had bikes, golf clubs and other items stolen from their garages during the daylight hours. Again, where were the police? It's too bad it took a brave little girl in a scary situation for the ELPD to finally focus on the streets of Glencairn.
  • by AJ Location: lansing on Oct 13, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    I would not be surprised if this guy tries this in an adjoining community in the next few days to weeks, he is probabley a pedophile. So parents talk to your kids and have a plan if something like this happens and they have to walk to school or the busstop. AJ
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