South San Francisco, CA August 18, 2015 Submitted by SSFPD
On Monday, August 17, 2015, at approximately 3:30 PM, an unknown male in a vehicle approached a twelve-year-old child at the corner of Grand Avenue at Orange Avenue. The male shouted at the child several times to get her attention in an attempt to entice her into his vehicle. As the child attempted to quickly walk away, the unknown male continued following her in his vehicle for a few blocks until fleeing the area in an unknown direction.
The suspect was described as an African American male, approximately 25 years of age, thin build, wearing a black short sleeve t-shirt, and a gold chain around his neck.
The suspect vehicle was described as black, mid 1990’s, compact sedan, possibly a Honda, with an unusually loud engine or modified exhaust.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact the South San Francisco Police Investigations Bureau at (650) 877-8910, the anonymous TIP line at (650) 952- 2244, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The person that was the victim is my daughter – that attends Parkway Middle School and was at Eucalyptus approaching Grand Ave. Gianna fled from him and ran a few blocks to Commercial Ave where after school provider received her & Gianna was in distress and of course you can imagine frightened beyond belief. At first we weren’t going to say anything and despite of how shaken up Gianna is she doesn’t want this person back by her school and fears for other girls in the area and if could be successful at getting them to go with him. Giannas only wish is that this creates enough awareness for other kids so they aren’t victims as well. I want to thank SSF PD for the diligent efforts of their investigation: the schools resource officer, Officer Perez & Officer Hancock! In addition I would like to thank the VP and Principal at Parkway for the calls today and all their efforts to create awareness & continued support! To all my friends at So. City for the calls, support & eagerness to make sure we get this out to everyone … Thank you to all from Gianna Evans & our family! –Roqz Ortiz
From our SSFUSD Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore Thomas
We have been informed by the South San Francisco Police Department that on Monday, August 17, 2015, at approximately 3:30 P.M., it was reported that an unidentified male individual in a vehicle approached a twelve-year-old child at the corner of Grand at Orange Avenue. The individual attempted to lure the child into his vehicle.
The incident did not occur on or near any of our school campuses, and the child has not been identified. South San Francisco Police are currently investigating the encounter.
We ask that parents and guardians remind their students to be cautious of strangers, to be aware of their surroundings, and to report any suspicious activity or any interactions that make them uncomfortable. We also encourage the “buddy system” as much as possible.
Should you have any questions about this incident, you may contact the South San Francisco Police Department for more information.
Superintendent Shawnterra Moore
UPDATE SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED:
Special thanks to the Assist Principal who helped find this suspect who has been arrested for multiple child annoyance complaints & to #SSFPD for making the arrest/investigation. To the students/youth that were approached- you are to be commended for protecting yourselves and reporting this to authorities- you should not have had to go through this and through your efforts you have protected others.
Remember – if you see something suspicious – report it. Our #SSF youth belong to us all and we must collectively watch out for them. #SmallTown