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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