No charges in report of luring attempt at Las Vegas elementary school
UPDATE, Aug. 15 | A reported luring incident at Richard Bryan Elementary School on Tuesday was apparently the result of a misunderstanding, and no charges will be filed, according to police.
In a statement released Wednesday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said detectives located the person reported by three students.
That person said he was heading home after dropping off their own child at the school. He overheard a group of students saying they would be late for school and decided to offer them a ride, according to LVMPD.
Detectives determined from the interview that there was no criminal intent on his part.
"There are some important points to remember regarding this incident," police said in their statement. "The three students involved in this case refused to get into the vehicle with a stranger. It is imperative that parents have this discussion with their children."
ORIGINAL | Three students attending a Las Vegas elementary school reported a man tried to lure them into his car Tuesday morning, according to a letter sent out to parents.
Kori Deal, principal of Richard H. Bryan Elementary School, wrote to parents that staff learned a man approached the three students and asked them to get into his car.
The students stayed together, said they did not want a ride and immediately called their parents.
The students were not harmed, and law enforcement officers are investigating the incident, the letter reads.
"This incident serves as an important opportunity to remind our students of safe practices when walking to and from our school," Deal writes.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Crimes Against Youth and Family Bureau at (702) 828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
The school also provided the following tips for child safety:
- Walk in groups to and from school.
- Never take rides from strangers.
- If you are approached by a stranger, keep a safe distance and think of a direction to run if needed.
- Shout and yell as loud as you can.
- Never give out your name or address to people you do not know. This is especially true on the Internet.
- Run to a safe place, i.e., school, church, store, etc.
- Always let your parents or guardians know where you are. Take the same route to school every day.
- Be sure you know your parents’ full names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- If possible, get a license plate number.