UPDATE - According to Prince George’s County Police spokesperson Cpl. Maria McKinney, after police interviewed the the victim, they were unable to verify her allegations based on her statements to investigators. Police decided to close the case unfounded.
School officials are reporting a possible abduction attempt Wednesday in Bowie.
At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, a man in a red sports car attempted to abduct a Samuel Ogle Middle School student as she was walking to her bus stop, according to a letter from Principal Mark Covington issued to the parents Wednesday afternoon.
According to Covington’s letter, the student was approached multiple times by the suspect, who asked her to get in his vehicle. The student refused and ran to her bus stop and the man drove off.
The student reported the incident when she arrived at school and staff at Samuel Ogle notified the Board of Education, surrounding schools and filed a report with the police, states Covington’s letter.
In the letter, Covington also asked parents to reinforce to their children that getting in vehicles with strangers is always a bad idea.
“I am very relieved that this student had the presence of mind to make the right choice and ignore the requests of the stranger. I believe this Is a good opportunity for all of us to remind our children that although the world is full of wonders, it also contains some danger,” wrote Covington.