UPDATE: Samuel Ogle Student Reports Abduction Attempt

The student told school staff that a man in a red sports car tried repeatedly to get her to go into his vehicle, but police were unable to confirm her allegations.

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.

Yvonne Gartrell October 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Whatntheworld, let me ask you where in Bowie do you live? We were in the R section which IS still quiet for the most part. Yet the beginning of the summer on a Sunday morning about 7am, my husband witnessed 2 males (probably late teens/early twenty's) walking up our street trying to open vehicle doors. The succeeded at a neighbor across the street's house and when my husband yelled at them one threw his hands in the air as if to say "what?" and calmly walked up the street. We call Bowie police and they came, after canvassing the area nothing came of it. The Bowie policeman told us they were probably just looking for spare change! Bottom line, these little incidents can happen anywhere. As far as the opportunities in the DMV being much better than other places in the nation, this is a matter of opinion. I grew up in Montgomery County and my family is from Baltimore so I've experienced both downtown DC (museums, etc) and also downtown Baltimore (Inner Harbor, etc). They both have pros and cons. We're very happy with the move we made. Of course we miss family and friends in MD. I do not miss living in Bowie or the DMV. It's such a nice change of pace to have people be friendly ALL the time no matter what the situation...grocery store, MVA (and the lack of ridiculous lines is nice too). Hope you enjoy living in Bowie, we did for the most part and now we are enjoying SC!
Mimi Rauck October 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
So Bowie children are thieves-in-training who cannot be trusted with expensive electronics? Remind me to perform a full-body search when my kids get home to make sure they haven't five-fingered anything at school. That's just offensive. Why come on a Bowie website and disparage the community and its residents?
PJ October 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This can happen anywhere....even where you are at!
PJ October 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I live in Bowie and I have left my garage door open all night long and all day long plenty of times.....and guess what.....EVERYTHING is still there. So, I guess your statement is not TRUE! Seems like YOU had a bad experience in Bowie and I will continue to pray for people with your mentality and blindness. Are IPads that important to you? What is especially SAD is that you DO NOT even realize how idiotic and uneducated you sound! Next time, try to keep those comments tight lipped.
Miranda Mellin October 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I agree with the comment above. If you are happy in SC and weren't in Bowie why are you on this site? I just don't see why you feel the need to come on here and bash the town we live in? I am raising my children here. I don't need to here your negative comments. If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all!


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