Downey High student says man tried to grab her as she left campus

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DOWNEY — Police on Friday investigated the claim from a student at Downey High School that a man tried to grab her and pull her into his car as she left campus.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon on the 11000 block of Brookshire Avenue as the girl exited the rear of the campus through the Third Street exit, according to a statement from the Downey Police Department.

The student said a man in a black Kia sedan approached her, then got out of his car and tried to grab her, but she was able to escape and call police, the statement said.

Security video obtained by police detectives showed the victim walking on the sidewalk when the black Kia pulls up to the curb. The girl walked over to the vehicle and leaned into the driver side window, then walked away. At no point did the driver exit the vehicle or try to grab the student, police said.

The video showed the girl walking away east on Third Street and the suspect driving away and turning south on Lakewood Boulevard, said police.

Based on the video evidence, police said this was a case of child annoyance.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a newer, 4-door black Kia sedan with no plates, tinted windows and a red blanket covering the back window. A detailed description of the suspect was not released.

Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Ethan Roberts at (562) 904-2333.