Stranger Tries To Lure Schoolkids Into Bushes – May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

APD Officer Chris Wilson waits at the north end of the wooded area adjacent to the Jacoby Creek School campus in case the suspect is flushed out. KLH | Eye

APD Press Release

BAYSIDE – On Friday, May 11 at about 9:45 a.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to Jacoby Creek School on the report that a male subject had entered the school grounds and was trying to lure children into the bushes by saying he needed help.

Police at JCS this morning. KLH | Eye

The subject fled the area on foot when a teacher was summoned. Officers searched the area upon arrival but were unable to locate the subject. At about 11 a.m., Officers were dispatched back to the scene on the report that the subject had returned to the school grounds and was last seen jumping over a fence. Officers arrived on scene and with the help of an Arcata Police K-9 they searched the area. As a safety precaution the school was locked down during the search. 

Due to the dense wooded and marsh terrain, officers were again unable to locate him.

Jacoby Creek School students and staff described the subject as a white male adult in his early 30s, clean shaven; short brown buzz cut hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet, 10 inches, 160 lbs. with a long face. He was further described as wearing a black t-shirt under an olive green windbreaker and dark blue jeans.

The subject never made physical contact with the students. The Arcata Police Department is continuing its investigation and is asking for the help of the public to identify the male subject. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2418.